Bordetella pertussis - Whooping Cough

Pertussis is a highly contagious disease referred to as whooping cough. It is caused by Bordetella pertussis. Pertussis is particularly dangerous for babies and young children. The CDC recommends immunization for all adults and adolescents as the best way to prevent the spread of pertussis among young children before they can be fully vaccinated themselves. Culture and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing are used to diagnose pertussis.

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Last Update: December 2018