Anyone can catch pertussis, or whooping cough, but it is particularly dangerous to infants and small children because they can cough so hard, they cannot catch their breath.
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Dr. Travis Stork: Listen to the sound, because it's very distinctive. [Sound Playing] Dr. Lisa Masterson: Oh! It's -- Dr. Travis Stork: Wow! Dr. Jim Sears: You know what that sound is? That's the sound of the baby gasping for breath, because the baby is coughing so hard, and she can't breathe it in, while she is coughing. So at the end of the cough, there is the gasp for breathiness, because the bacteria that causes pertussis or whooping cough is, it causes a inflammation of the airwaves, and it constricts them down, and it gives such a strong cough, the baby literally is losing their breath, and then. Dr. Travis Stork: Gasping. Dr. Jim Sears:That is the whoop. That's the whoop, is that gasp that--
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