Whooping cough (pertussis): highly contagious and lengthy

21 October 2017

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Whooping cough (pertussis) is no longer a childhood illness: adolescents and adults are increasingly affected. Although now more than 90 percent of children are vaccinated against whooping cough when they start. Who does not think in time to a booster, but it is not adequately protected.

whooping cough is very contagious: If an unvaccinated person with his agents - the bacterium Bordetella pertussis - comes in contact, he falls ill with at least 80 percent chance also. The infection is done by droplet infection, So, for example, by sneezing or coughing.

The costs associated with whooping cough symptoms resemble a first Cold: Runny nose, sneezing, hoarseness and coughing easier part of the symptoms. After about one to two weeks occur characteristic of pertussis coughing fits on. Whooping cough decays slowly after several weeks.

Depending on Older But the symptoms of whooping cough can also different develop: whooping cough in adults and youth often manifests itself only by prolonged dry cough. In contrast, pertussis proceeds at Children in infancy often particularly difficult: the coughing fits though often less at that age, but it can not breathing (apnea) occur. In addition, pertussis can cause just the baby more complications, such as:

If someone has and whooping cough for therapy timely antibiotics given, this also contributes to the spread of the infection: The drugs ensure that the pertussis (only about 5 days) is contagious less time.


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