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Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Whooping Cough (pertussis) is an infection of the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It is characterized by severe coughing spells that end in a "whooping" sound when the person breathes in. In Onondaga County there has been an increase in Whooping Cough cases, with a total of 126 cases in 2010. Increases like this typically happen every 3 to 5 years. For more information and prevention tips about Whooping Cough, download the flyers below or visit www.cdc.gov/Features/Pertussis.

Pertussis Fact Sheet

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"Get the Facts: Pertussis" fact sheet (pdf)

Infants and Pertussis

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"Protect Infants from Pertussis"

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