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How is whooping cough treated?

Page last updated 03 July 2018

Antibiotics can be used to treat whooping cough in the early stages to help prevent transmission of bacteria to others. People who are not treated early with the right antibiotics can spread the infection in the first 3 weeks of their illness. The cough often continues for many weeks, despite antibiotics.

Sources & Citations

  1. NSW Health. Available at:

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0136a - Date of preparation May 2018