Pertussis, more commonly known as Whooping Cough, is a bacterial disease spread by a bacteria called Bordetella Pertussis.
There are two stages of Pertussis. In the first stage, you may experience:
- Runny Nose
- Low-Grade Fever
- Mild, Occasional Cough
- Apnea (A pause in breathing) in babies
In the second stage, you may experience
- Fits of very hard coughs, followed by a high pitch "Whoop"
- Vomiting during and/or after coughing fits
- Exhaustion after coughing fits
There is also a slight recovery period after the second stage in which you may experience milder and less common coughing fits.
Weekly Chart of Pertussis
What system does it affect?
Pertussis affects the respiratory system.
Whooping cough can cause deaths. Although, most of these are in babies, young children, elderly people, or others with a weakened immune system.
Acute or Chronic?
Pertussis is an acute disease.
- There is a vaccine most everyone gets as a child, but it does wear off overtime and you will need to get a new one.
- Antibiotics are an option to reduce the severity.
- If you aren't able to get treatment, it will most likely pass in about 10 weeks.
How often do you see Pertussis?
By year, the incidence of Whooping Cough fluctuates. Lately, there has been an average of 30,000 cases in the United States each year.
There is a great number of Pertussis outbreaks in other countries. One of the major ares is Latin America.