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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is pertussis?

A bacterial illness that causes vigorous coughing, also known as "whooping cough". Pertussis is highly contagious.

Symptoms related to pertussis

  • Cough

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Coughing vigorously till the face is red

  • Bouts of violent coughing

  • Irritability / bad mood

  • Fever

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pertussis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose pertussis

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Is your breathing noisy; e.g. wheezing, rattling?

  • Does your face become red when you have coughing fits?

  • Do you have coughing fits?

  • Is your child more cranky / in a bad mood than usual?

Treatment for pertussis

This is treated with antibiotics. Young children and infants may need to be hospitalized for observation, oxygen or fluids to be given by a needle in the vein.

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