Disease name: Bordetella pertussis

ICD-10 Disease Code: A37.00 Whooping cough due to Bordetella pertussis without pneumonia

ICD-10 Disease Group: A37- Whooping cough

General description:

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is an infectious disease caused by the gram negative bacteria Bordetella pertussis. The disease results in a violent cough that can interrupt breathing.

Pertussis is an upper respiratory disease that can affect people of any age group, but it is especially dangerous in infants where it can be fatal. The disease is considered to be highly contagious, and spreads through tiny droplets carrying bacteria, which are expelled when patients cough or sneeze. Once infected, symptoms last between 6 to 10 weeks.


Not applicable. Whooping cough is an infectious disease and not a genetic disorder.

Disease frequency:

Whooping cough due to Bordetella pertussis affects between 800,000 and 3.3 million individuals per year in the United States.

The disease affects men and women equally (Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15867059/)


Pertussis is most commonly associated with intense, violent coughing that can make it hard to breathe. This results in infected individuals making high pitched breathing sounds during coughing fits. These coughing fits usually start about 10-12 days after infection because of mucus build-up in the respiratory tract. Leading up to this point, infected individuals most often experience common cold-like symptoms. Some patients also experience diarrhoea.


In most countries today, child vaccination programmes include a vaccine against Bordatella pertussis. This immunises vaccinated children against infection and disease. In unvaccinated children and adults, Bordetella pertussis infection can be treated with antibiotics.



HashtagBordetella Pertussis

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