What to Know About Pertussis

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. It is characterized by a severe cough followed by a high-pitched intake of breath that sounds like a “whoop.” Pertussis spreads easily between individuals through droplets caused by coughing or sneezing, but can be prevented by immunization. Symptoms Once infected […]