March 21, 2013 12:00 AM

Melissa Arca: Whooping cough a growing risk among preteens

Whooping cough (a.k.a. pertussis) is a respiratory infection caused by a very contagious bacterium, B. pertussis. It starts out looking like the common cold but after a week or two turns into a terrible cough that causes coughing fits and difficulty catching your breath, and can significantly interfere with your daily life (i.e. missed days from work and school).

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