How dangerous is bordetella pertussis?
Posted 4 years ago in Health & Wellness by StrongGeek
Bordetella pertussis, or whooping cough, is highly contagious through coughing, sneezing, and laughing. Pertussis is a common and dangerous childhood disease in unvaccinated populations. It is potentially dangerous as it can cause pneumonia, pneumothorax (collapsed lung) or bronchiectasis (permanent widening of the airways).In rare cases a coughing attack can cause temporary apnoea, where the baby or child is unable to breathe and is deprived of oxygen. A rare but very serious complication is encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). Vaccination is the best way to prevent it.
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