The Whooping Cough, also known as pertussis, is an acute bacterial disease.
Symptoms include: mild coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and low fever.
The Whooping Cough primarily affects the respiratory system.
This disease is very dangerous, but usually deadly for only babies and children.
The Whooping Cough is treated with antibiotics, usually erythromycin. However, a vaccine can be taken to prevent the disease.
The Whooping Cough disease is very common throughout our country. Between 10,000 and 40,000 cases are reported each year in the U.S. alone.
While this infection is extremely common in the United States, ninety percent of all cases occur in third world countries.