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
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Prophylactic antibiotics do not prevent whooping cough symptoms in the household contacts of children.
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