Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pertussis Transmission

Facts about whooping cough:

  • Whooping cough is very contagious.
  • People with whooping cough release the virus into the air on droplets of mucus when they sneeze or cough.
  • The bacteria enters the lungs of others when they inhale the droplets.

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Last Updated: Sep 2, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Pertussis References
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