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Does whooping cough (pertussis) run in families?

Whooping cough is not inheritable. It is a contagious infection caused by a bacterial infection in the respiratory tract. People contract the infection by inhaling bacteria in droplets of moisture, which are expelled after an infected person either coughs or sneezes.

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