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It is a bacterial disease and caused by Bordet ella pertussis. It is a respiratory illness commonly known as whooping cough.


Usually starts with cold like symptoms.
Runny nose.
Repeated violent coughing with whoop and sometimes followed by vomiting.

Method of spread

Spread by sneezing and coughing by infected person.
Direct contact with nose and throat secretions of infected person.

Incubation period

(the period between the initial infection and the appearance of symptoms)
Usually takes 6-20 days from date of contact.

Communicable period

(The time during which an infectious agent may be transferred directly or indirectly)
Highly communicable in early stages before the cough and up to for 3 weeks later.
It takes 5 days of antibiotic therapy to cure infection.


Keep away young children and infants from the infected person.
Antibiotics should be given to house maids and person in close contacts.
Disposal of contaminated tissues should be carefully done.

What to do

Antibiotic treatment, consult with doctor.


The best way to prevent whooping cough is with the pertussis vaccine being recommended by doctors.