Pertussis : The Resurrection Of A Silent Killer

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Pertussis: The Resurrection of a Silent Killer
Pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough, is a respiratory illness that affects people of any age, especially children under the age of twelve. It is a common illness and extremely contagious according to the Centers for Disease Control (Bisgard, 2000). Whooping cough is spread through airborne transmission through coughing and sneezing, in close proximity to each other. Most adults and teens recover from whooping cough without long term effects from the illness, while children under the age of 12 are at the greatest danger risk of contracting whooping cough. Whooping cough can cause death in people with the illness, especially children.
Pertussis has always been a challenge for public health workers and thought to be an illness of the past. It was thought to be practically irradiated in the early eighties due to childhood vaccines. There are many scientific explanations as to why whooping cough is on the rise. First of all, the CDC believes that the vaccinations are not lasting as long as originally expected. Secondly, there are now better testing methods and more cases are being diagnosed being reported on a yearly basis. Next, WHO or the World Health Organization says that since vaccinations only protect against whooping cough, transmission is not blocked the world’s population would not be protected against herd immunity (WHO, 2015). Since a single case of whooping cough can generate more than fifteen other cases,

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