Pertussis/Whooping Cough

Infection Prevention and Control

Droplet / Contact Precautions

precautions should be in effect until 3 weeks after onset of paroxysms if not treated or until 5 days of appropriate antibiotic therapy has been given.

Most Likely Pathogens

Bordatella parapertussis

Empiric Antimicrobials


Usual Duration

Azithromycin: 5 days

Clarithromycin: 7 days