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Croup, a viral infection of the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea) associated with signs of a respiratory infection, such as a runny nose or cough, is a very common ailment of childhood.

Croup lasts for five or six days and is highly contagious to other children who have not had the disease. It usually affects children between the ages of 3 months and 6 years (the average age is 2 years), whose small windpipes and bronchial passages are most vulnerable to blockage.

Most croup cases are caused by a parainfluenza virus. The disease is transmitted by airborne droplets from an infected child's cough.

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