Whooping cough: an under-recognised disease
Whooping cough or Pertussis, caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis, is a vaccine-preventable respiratory disease. It occurs year-round, but increases during summer and fall. Despite widespread vaccination, the number of cases worldwide has been rising since the 1980s, with peaks occurring every 3-5 years. Infants less than one year old have the highest number of reported cases among all age groups.