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Whooping cough can be spread by bacteria from mouth, nose and throat of infected people - undiagnosed mild sufferers of the disease also spread the disease. It starts with symptoms of a common cold and then persistent coughing develops, interspaced by a “whooping” or gasp for air. Severe coughing can cause vomiting or breathing may stop. Pneumonia is the most common complication. The disease is very contagious and complications can be serious or deadly. 5-10,000 people died from whooping cough each year until vaccination was introduced.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Moberly Monitor-Index
About: Vaccination prevents whooping cough deaths
Date: 16 June 2004
Source: Moberly Monitor-Index
Author: Barbara Dunaway
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