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what is a whooping cough?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Infection of lungs: Whooping cough is named for the horrible repeated sequence of short coughs followed by a dramatic whoop or vibratory noise from the airways as baby takes a deep breath.It is caused by a vaccine preventable bacterial infection of the lungs that produces lots of sticky mucous baby coughs out to get air.Adults, even if immunized as kids, can get it, be asymtomatic & give it to babies who may die.
Answered on Jun 20, 2014

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