Whooping cough causes coughing attacks associated with making a “whoop” sound after coughing,
turning blue or stopping breathing for a few moments. If a child in a family is diagnosed with whooping
cough, treating the rest of the family with erythromycin does not prevent the rest of the family from
developing these whooping cough symptoms
Prophylactic antibiotics do not prevent whooping cough symptoms in the household contacts of children.
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