How is a clinical case of pertussis (whooping cough) defined?

Updated: May 02, 2019
  • Author: Joseph J Bocka, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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A clinical case of pertussis is defined as one of the following:

  • An acute coughing illness that lasts at least 14 days in a person with at least one characteristic pertussis symptom (ie, paroxysmal cough, posttussive vomiting, or inspiratory whoop)

  • A cough that lasts at least 14 days in an outbreak setting

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