Five things you should know about whooping cough

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Whooping cough was once a menace to children, but in recent years it had all but faded from memory. Now it’s back with a vengeance. This year is the worst in five decades for whooping cough, something that can be deadly in babies.

Whooping cough is making a comeback. 2012 is shaping up to be the worst in 50 years. To help keep you safe, we’ve identified five things you should know.

“Bordetella pertussis is the etiologic agent of whooping cough; it causes whooping cough. And the Chinese word for pertussis literally translates to ‘a hundred day cough,’ so it’s a very prolonged illness,” says Dr. Angela D’Alessandro, a pediatrician on Lee Memorial Health System’s medical staff.

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Lee Memorial Health System

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