Glossary of Terms
Whooping Cough / Pertussis
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious disease characterized by a convulsive cough and infecting the mucous membrane of the respiratory system. The cough leaves the patient out of breath, producing the whooping sound during deep inhalation. More common in children than adults, whooping cough can be prevented through a series of vaccinations, and can be treated with an antibiotic.