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ICD-10 code: A37.9

Chapter: Certain infectious and parasitic diseases

Whooping cough, unspecified species

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It is characterized by severe coughing spells that can last for weeks or even months. While there are several species of Bordetella bacteria that can cause whooping cough, the term "unspecified species" refers to cases where the specific species of Bordetella is not identified.

Whooping cough is primarily spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is most commonly seen in infants and young children who have not yet been fully vaccinated, but it can affect people of all ages. In fact, recent outbreaks of whooping cough have been seen in teenagers and adults, who may not have received booster vaccinations.

Symptoms of Whooping Cough
  1. Coughing fits that can last for several weeks or even months
  2. A "whooping" sound when the person tries to breathe in after coughing
  3. Vomiting or exhaustion after coughing fits
  4. Fever and nasal congestion
  5. In severe cases, patients may even turn blue or stop breathing altogether

If you or someone in your family is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention right away. While antibiotics are often prescribed to treat whooping cough, they are most effective when given early in the course of the disease.

Prevention of Whooping Cough

The best way to prevent whooping cough is through vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children receive five doses of the pertussis vaccine by the time they are six years old. Adults should also receive booster vaccinations to ensure continued protection against the disease.

In addition to vaccination, other preventive measures include practicing good hygiene, such as washing your hands regularly and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze. If you suspect that you or someone in your family has whooping cough, it is important to stay home from work or school until the illness has passed to avoid spreading it to others.


Whooping cough, unspecified species, is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can be serious, especially for infants and young children. It is important to seek medical attention if you or someone in your family is experiencing symptoms of the disease. Vaccination is the best way to prevent whooping cough, but practicing good hygiene and staying home when you are sick can also help prevent the spread of the disease.