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8 deadly diseases cured by modern science

Aug. 20, 2013, 12:15 p.m.
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Whooping cough

Named after the "whooping" sounds made during the uncontrollable coughing symptomatic of this disease, whooping cough is caused by the highly contagious Bordetella pertussis bacteria. Coughing fits can often last for weeks.

Though the disease can be completely prevented through vaccination, it has tragically made a comeback in recent years.