Health Tip: Understanding Whooping Cough
(HealthDay News) -- Whooping cough is an infection of the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis, the Nemours Foundation says.
The highly contagious infection, typically affecting children. can trigger coughing spells that can last more than a minute.
The child's face may turn red or purple, and the child may vomit, Nemours adds.
Nemours offers this additional information about whooping cough: