Whooping Cough Is Becoming More Common: Here Are The Signs You Should Look For And How To Treat It
Whooping cough is still fairly rare in the United States, but it is becoming more common as people let their vaccinations lapse. Whooping cough is caused by a highly-contagious bacteria called Bordetella pertussis that infects your respiratory system. Since it is so contagious, it can rapidly spread throughout families, infecting both infants and the elderly. This disease is most notable for causing extremely violent coughing fits that last for weeks, and it can lead to very serious complications like pneumonia.