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What does it mean to have a whooping cough? Is this a lung problem?
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In brief: It's an infection.
Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing.
 the coughing can make it difficult to breathe.  a deep "whooping" sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath. It is an upper respiratory infection caused by the bordetella pertussis or bordetella parapertussis bacteria. It can be prevented by vaccine.

In brief: It's an infection.
Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing.
 the coughing can make it difficult to breathe.  a deep "whooping" sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath. It is an upper respiratory infection caused by the bordetella pertussis or bordetella parapertussis bacteria. It can be prevented by vaccine.
Dr. Prakash Bhoopalam
Dr. Prakash Bhoopalam
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Dr. Helena Bentley
It can be life threatening in infants. That's why it is very important to get your child vaccinated, and all the adults in direct contact with the baby, too.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
The cough can be so severe as to cause asphyxiation or brain hemorrhage in infants.
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