Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Topic Guide

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Whooping Cough (Pertussis): Whooping cough (pertussis) is an infectious vaccine-preventable disease marked by spasms of coughing punctuated by a characteristic "whoop" sound. Treatment involves isolating the infected individual until he or she has received five days of antibiotics (azithromycin, clarithromycin, or trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole), using a cool-mist humidifier, and monitoring for dehydration.


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