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Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory system. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis and is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms of whooping cough include a severe, persistent cough that can last for weeks or months, followed by a “whoop” sound when the person breathes in. Other symptoms include runny nose, fever, and fatigue. Whooping cough can be serious, especially in infants and young children, and can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and even death. Vaccination is the best way to prevent whooping cough.
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