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What is Whooping Cough?

What is Whooping Cough?

Whooping cough is a very contagious disease caused by a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract. Whooping ...more »

  • Whooping Cough: An infectious condition caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis.
  • Whooping Cough: A species of gram-negative, aerobic bacteria that is the causative agent of WHOOPING COUGH. Its cells are minute coccobacilli that are surrounded by a slime sheath.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Whooping Cough: a disease of the respiratory mucous membrane.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Whooping Cough is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Whooping Cough, or a subtype of Whooping Cough, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Whooping Cough as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Whooping Cough: Introduction

Types of Whooping Cough:

Broader types of Whooping Cough:

How many people get Whooping Cough?

Incidence (annual) of Whooping Cough: 7,405 cases annually in USA (1998); under-diagnosis of cases in adults means the real prevalence may be much higher
Incidence Rate of Whooping Cough: approx 1 in 36,731 or 0.00% or 7,405 people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Whooping Cough: In the United States, 5000-7000 cases are reported each year. Incidence of pertussis has increased steadily since the 1980s. The highest incidence since 1967 (2.9/100,000) was reported in 1996, when 7796 cases of pertussis were reported. (Source: excerpt from Pertussis: DBMD)

Who gets Whooping Cough?

Patient Profile for Whooping Cough: Typically infants and children, but more recently many teens, adults and elderly have pertussis (often undiagnosed).

How serious is Whooping Cough?

Complications of Whooping Cough: see complications of Whooping Cough
Deaths for Whooping Cough: 17 people died annually from whooping cough in the US 2001 (Deaths: Final Data for 2001, NCHS, 2001)

What causes Whooping Cough?

Causes of Whooping Cough: see causes of Whooping Cough
Causes of Whooping Cough: Occurs through direct contact with discharges from respiratory mucous membranes of infected persons. (Source: excerpt from Pertussis: DBMD)
Risk factors for Whooping Cough: see risk factors for Whooping Cough

What are the symptoms of Whooping Cough?

Symptoms of Whooping Cough: see symptoms of Whooping Cough

Complications of Whooping Cough: see complications of Whooping Cough

Incubation period for Whooping Cough: 7 to 21 days

Duration of Whooping Cough: Typically about 7 weeks; has been called the "100-day cough" because it can last 100 days.

Can anyone else get Whooping Cough?

More information: see contagiousness of Whooping Cough
Inheritance: see inheritance of Whooping Cough

Whooping Cough: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Whooping Cough.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Whooping Cough.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Whooping Cough: see treatments for Whooping Cough
Alternative treatments for Whooping Cough: see alternative treatments for Whooping Cough
Prevention of Whooping Cough: see prevention of Whooping Cough
Research for Whooping Cough: see research for Whooping Cough

Society issues for Whooping Cough


Hospitalization statistics for Whooping Cough: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Whooping Cough:

  • 0.0042% (531) of hospital consultant episodes were for whooping cough in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 97% of hospital consultant episodes for whooping cough required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46% of hospital consultant episodes for whooping cough were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 54% of hospital consultant episodes for whooping cough were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 94% of hospital consultant episodes for whooping cough required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4.4 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for whooping cough in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Whooping Cough:

Organs and body systems related to Whooping Cough include:

Name and Aliases of Whooping Cough

Main name of condition: Whooping Cough

Class of Condition for Whooping Cough: bacterial

Other names or spellings for Whooping Cough:

Pertussis, 100-day cough, Bordetella pertussis infection, respiratory

Bordetella pertussis Source - Diseases Database

Whooping cough, Pertussis
Source - WordNet 2.1

Bordetella pertussis infection, respiratory
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Whooping Cough: Related Conditions

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