Whooping cough's nasty comeback

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Stars Insider

12/04/24 | StarsInsider

HEALTH Illness

Remember that cough you thought was harmless? Think again. Whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory illness most of us associate with childhood, is making a startling comeback. This isn't just an echo of the past–it's causing outbreaks and even deaths in countries around the world, including the US and Europe. And don't let the name fool you: whooping cough can be far more serious than a simple cough, with potentially devastating consequences.

Here's the scary truth: according to the CDC, whooping cough claims the lives of an estimated 160,700 children under age five every year across the globe. That's a sobering statistic. But before you hit the panic button, take a deep breath. This guide will be your one-stop shop for understanding whooping cough's resurgence. Click through to learn more, and help protect yourself starting today.

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