Pertussis. Do you know what it is? If you don't, don't feel bad because I didn't think I did either. I know it as whooping cough. It sounds like a disease that somebody would contract in an old novel or maybe a movie from the 40s or 50s. But this is something that's happening right now. According to,
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 4,876 cases of whooping cough reported up to week 21 of 2024, which marks a drastic increase from the 1,755 cases reported during the same period in 2023.”

Pertussis is a respiratory infection that is found in children and young adults. It is especially concerning for babies and small children. It is highly contagious, and symptoms usually don't show up until after the first five or six days. Then it'll look like a common cold. It will eventually progress to fits of coughing. According to,
One to 2 weeks after the first symptoms start, people may develop paroxysms, known as coughing fits. These coughing fits usually last 1 to 6 weeks but can last for up to 10 weeks. The cough generally gets worse and becomes more common as the illness continues.
Coughing fits can cause people to 

  • Make a high-pitched "whoop" when they inhale after a coughing fit 
  • Vomit during or after coughing fits 
  • Feel very tired after the fit, but usually seem well in-between fits 
  • Have difficulty sleeping at night 
  • Struggle to breathe 
  • Fracture (break) a rib 

Those who get these coughing fits say it's the worst cough of their lives.”

The largest increase in cases of pertussis ants on the East Coast is in New York. Moving to the West Coast, it's not quite as severe, but California has the most cases. Cases in Washington state is also on the rise. 

One reason that is being put forward for the increase in infection rates. Is the decrease in vaccinations for infants and small children? 

Learn more at these links below.
Dangerous Infection Spreading Through Michigan Faster Than Usual (
Whooping Cough Map Reveals Why FDA Is Concerned - Newsweek
What Is Pertussis? Student in Michigan Infected, Whooping Cough Symptoms, Treatment - Newsweek
Symptoms of Whooping Cough | Pertussis (Whooping Cough) | CDC

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