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Pertussis, also known as whooping cough or 100 day cough, is a highly contagious bacterial disease. Initially symptoms are usually similar to those of the common cold with a runny nose, fever and mild cough. This is then followed by weeks of severe coughing fits. Following a fit of coughing a high-pitched "whoop" sound may occur as the person breathes in. The coughing may last for more than a hundred days or ten weeks. A person may cough so hard they...

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