Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious disease involving the respiratory tract. It is caused by a bacterium that is found in the mouth, nose, and throat of an infected person. Approximately 5000 to 7000 cases are typically reported annually in the U.S. It is named after the “whoop” sound some children and adults make when they try to breathe in during or after a severe coughing spell.

Pertussis Fact Sheet

Pertussis link to CDC

Sights and Sounds of Pertussis

Audio of child with “whooping”
Audio of child without whoop
Audio of adult male with whoop
Video of child with whooping cough

Information for Providers

Prophylaxis and Treatment
Vaccine Information
Case Classification
Chart of Local Case Classifications


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