Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the Bordatella pertussis bacterium. Unfortunately, a report from The Weston Forum has indicated that cases of pertussis have been rising steadily in the past few years:
“Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, was considered an eradicated childhood illness until recently. It is now re-emerging as a serious, and potentially fatal, health risk to infants less than 12 months of age and older adults.
More than 48,000 cases were reported nationwide in 2012, including 15 infant deaths.”
Bordatella pertussis spreads like most other respiratory diseases, by travelling through saliva droplets expelled by an infected person who coughs or sneezes without covering his or her mouth. These droplets float around the air until someone inhales it and becomes infected as well.