Whooping cough, or pertussis, is an acute respiratory infection caused by the bordetella pertussis bacteria. In oriental medicine, it is called a 100-day cough, as the cough takes time to pass and this is the most common symptom. The disease is contagious, so prevention is needed and highly encouraged through vaccination. There has been an increase in cases in recent years in several countries, and it is also considered a recurrent disease.

Contamination occurs through direct contact with the infected person or by droplets that are emitted by the infected person when coughing, sneezing, or talking. The infection can happen at any time of the year and at any stage of life, but mainly in children under two years old.

What are the symptoms of pertussis?

There is an incubation period that varies between 7 and 17 days. Symptoms last for about 6 weeks and can be divided into three consecutive stages;

And the treatment?

The treatment is antimicrobial to kill the pertussis bacteria, done at home, but with medical supervision. However, it is good to know that it does not decrease the duration of symptoms. But it works to cure and reduce contagion. Hospitalization is only necessary when there are complications. In addition: 

Is there an age group that is most at risk if infected?

Babies are at increased risk of getting the infection. Mainly, those who did not take at least three doses of the pentavalent vaccine. In newborns, the diseases are usually more serious, as they have not yet received the first dose of the vaccine. In 70% of the cases that are fatal from pertussis, the victims are newborns.


 After receiving the diagnosis, here are some necessary precautions: