Author(s): Dr. Nandini Dadhich and Dr. Vanija Sharma
Abstract: Whooping cough, also known as pertussis or the 100-day cough, is a highly contagious bacterial disease. Initial symptoms are usually similar to those of the common cold with a runny nose, fever, and mild cough, but these are followed by weeks of severe coughing fits. Following a fit of coughing, a high-pitched whoop sound or gasp may occur as the person breathes in. Prevention is mainly by vaccination with the pertussis vaccine. Antibiotics may be used to prevent the disease in those who have been exposed and are at risk of severe disease.