A contagious bacterial infection that causes a range of illnesses, from mild cough to severe disease
Respiratory (droplet) route: Contact with large droplets that form when a child talks, coughs, or sneezes. These droplets can land on or be rubbed into the eyes, nose, or mouth. The droplets do not stay in the air; they usually travel no more than 3 feet and fall onto the ground.
Yes, when all the following criteria have been met:
Older children, adolescents, and adults are most responsible for spreading pertussis because their immunity from the pertussis vaccine lessens over time. A cough present longer than 2 weeks, especially with vomiting after coughing, should raise suspicion of a pertussis infection.
Adapted from Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide.
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