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why is whooping cough a bacterium?

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Dr. Stephen Siegel
37 years experience Pulmonology
B. Pertussis: Bortadella pertussis causes whooping cough. Currently it is recommended to be immunized against pertussis in the pediatric population and once after age 19 (http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule.Pdf) whooping cough is treated with antibiotics and measures to support breathing such as oxygen and breathing treatments.
Answered on Feb 27, 2020
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Odd wording: Whooping cough is a clinical disease pattern marked in some by a whop while catching a breath.It is caused by a bacterium, Bordetella pertussis. The germ gets into the airways and triggers damage to the inner linings resulting in a variable pattern of disease. Most deaths occur under the age of 6 mo, but it can be a wretched disease.In adults it carries the nick name "100 days cough"
Answered on Feb 27, 2020

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