Whooping cough is also known as Pertussis it is a highly contagious disease. That is one of the leading causes of vaccine-preventable deaths.
- The first symptoms of whooping cough are similar to those of a common cold runny nose, sneezing, mild cough, low-grade fever.
- After about 1 to 2 weeks, the dry, irritating cough evolves into coughing spells. During a coughing spell, which can last for more than a minute, the child may turn red or purple.
- At the end of a spell, the child may make a characteristic whooping sound when breathing in or may vomit. Between spells, the child usually feels well.