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What is whooping cough?

KDAH

Whooping cough results from an infection in the respiratory system. caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacteria. It primarily impacts infants under 6 months old who haven't received full immunization protection and adolescents aged 11 to 18 years whose immunity is waning. It causes severe coughing spells, which can sometimes end in a "whooping" sound. Prompt treatment for whooping cough is essential to alleviate symptoms, prevent complications, and curb the spread of the infection. Timely treatment is particularly crucial for vulnerable populations, such as infants and pregnant women, to prevent severe complications associated with the disease.