Whooping cough or pertussis is a contagious disease brought on by the bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. When this class of bacteria enters your body, it attaches itself to the cilia that lines certain parts of your upper respiratory system. The release of toxins by the bacteria causes swelling of the airways and the death of the cilia. Coughing or sneezing by an infected person is usually how pertussis gets transmitted. It takes about seven to ten days for its symptoms to develop which include vomiting, weight loss to severe coughing and disturbed sleep.
HOW IS PERTUSSIS DIAGNOSED?
Dtap and Tdap vaccines are administered to prevent pertussis.