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How could whooping cough (pertussis) spread to my child?

People with pertussis (whooping cough) usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others, who then breathe in the pertussis bacteria. Many infants who get pertussis are infected by parents, older siblings or other caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.

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