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Pertussis

Pertussis(or whooping cough), is a contagious respiratory disease caused by bacteria. It can cause severe illness in younger children and lesser illness in older children and adults. Children can get pneumonia and in rare cases, can die from pertussis(especially in children less than one year of age).

Symptoms usually occur in two stages. The first stage begins like a cold, with a runny nose, sneezing, and a low-grade fever. The second stage includes uncontrolled coughing spells. The second stage can last 6-10 weeks. It is very contagious during the early stages of the illness and becomes less contagious by the end of three weeks. Antibiotics can shorten the contagious period.

Pertussis can cause severe illness in younger children and lesser illness in older children and adults

Pertussis can cause severe illness in younger children and lesser illness in older children and adults

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Utah Department of Health
Bureau of Epidemiology
801-538-6191
Fax: 801-538-9913
Email: epi@utah.gov
288 North 1460 West
PO Box 142104
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2104

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1-888-EPI-UTAH (374-8824)
 

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