New ‘howling dog’ bug doing the rounds

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A new bacterium, called the ‘whipping cough,’ is said to be doing the rounds this spring

Rekord spoke to Dr Philly Tlailane, from Mamelodi West, to find out a bit more about the disease.

“It’s a disease that is easily transmitted by droplets of bacteria whenever a person coughs.”

Tlailane said the cough of someone with a whipping cough sounded like that of ‘a howling dog’.

“It is a characteristically noisy cough from the throat,” he said.

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Symptoms of the disease include a high temperature and a reduced appetite.

“The reduced appetite is as a result of the pain experienced when eating,” Tlailane said.

An urge to cough, during or after eating, was also said to be experienced.

He said a whipping cough was only treatable with prescribed medication, including

antibiotics.

Tlailane added that covering the mouth while coughing was not the only way to prevent spreading the disease.

“People can also get a dordetella pertursis injection at the clinic,” he said.

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Keitumetse Maako

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