Whooping cough

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Synonyms: Pertussis

A rare bacterial infectious disease characterized by severe coughing paroxysms with inspiratory whooping and posttussive vomiting caused by infection with Bordetella pertussis. After a variable incubation time the clinical course progresses through a catarrhal stage with sore throat nasal congestion rhinorrhea and mild progressive dry cough a paroxysmal stage with the typical paroxysmal coughing and finally convalescence. Disease duration is usually 2-3 months often with milder presentation in adolescents and adults than in infants and children.

Data from Orphanet are used to provide information on a disease's name, synonym(s), and overview. Reference: Access aggregated data from Orphanet at Orphadata. Orphadata: Free access data from Orphanet. © INSERM 1999. Available on http://www.orphadata.org. Data version June 2024

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