Sufferers of a contagious upper respiratory disease may have whooping cough. It can strike people of both sexes and all ages but is mostly found in children. There is a vaccine for whooping cough that has greatly lowered the number of cases that are seen from people.
Information. Whooping cough is typically caused by a specific bacteria. Whooping cough is very contagious, and people can get the disease by coming into contact with a person who has the disease, touching something that has the bacteria or even breathing the bacteria through the air. People who are exposed to the bacteria start having symptoms in a week to 10 days. If they are asymptomatic after 21 days, they will not get whooping cough.