Whooping Cough

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

A fact sheet prepared by the Pennsylvania Department of Health defines pertussis, or whooping cough, as a contagious disease involving the lungs and airways. It is caused by a bacterium, Bordetalla pertussis, that is found in the nose, mouth and throat of an infected person. More than 100 cases are reported each year in PA, mostly in children.