Sufferers of a contagious upper respiratory disease may have whooping cough. Also called pertussis, 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.
Information. Whooping cough is typically caused by the Bordetella pertussis 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.