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What causes whooping cough?

Whooping cough is caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria. These bacteria infect the airways and cause inflammation.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 03 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
Rating: 4.9 out of 5
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Category: The flu (influenza)

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