How Dangerous Is Whooping Cough?

The Symptoms 1 of 8

Pertussis is an extremely contagious disease, commonly known as whooping cough. This bacterial disease was almost entirely wiped out in the North America, but it started making a comeback in 2012. Keep reading to learn more about this dangerous disease!

The main symptom of whooping cough is an uncontrollable coughing fit that leaves the victims gasping for air. This gasp typically creates a "whoop" sound, which is what gives the disease its popular name. The coughing can also cause these serious side-effects:

  • Vomiting
  • Rib fractures
  • Hernias
  • Fainting