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Whooping cough or pertussis is an acute bacterial disease caused by the bacillus Bordetella pertussis or, less commonly, by the bacillus Bordetella parapertussis. This disease is most serious in children under 2 years old.

Whooping cough starts with romadizo slow and irritating cough. This cough little by little, in a week or two, it becomes paroxysmal. The paroxysms are attacks of coughing, repeated and violent, which can be followed by a whooping sound when breathing, and sometimes accompanied by vomiting.

This cough can stay for 2 months or more, even when the acute illness has ended. The common thing is that this disease lasts 6 to 10 weeks.

The major complications occur in children under the age of 1 year, with Neumonias, encephalitis, seizures, and some deaths. We can compare the severity and effects of this disease with bacterial meningitis.

Treatment

Is sumunistran antibiotics, although these did not influence the progression of the disease, help to prevent the spread to other people after the fifth or sixth day of treatment.

Prevention

In young children who have not been vaccinated, put in their vaccines and are prescribed preventive antibiotics.


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