Whooping Cough

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Whooping Cough Mark Near
(Article from the Fresno Bee, September 16th, 2010)

Every year or season a slightly different flu strain awakens, infecting our human population. This fall it’s the whooping cough, also called pertussis. It is causing many deaths, especially in infants. Many health officials have grown concerned with this unexpected new threat, mainly because the babies are too young to be fully immunized by the illness. It’s essential to understand how this virus is effecting our population and what procedures must be taken in order to prevent it from continuing to spread. The article Whooping Cough Mark Near, from the Fresno Bee, describes the conditions of this new occurring virus. According to the article, the
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Therefore, any amino acids produced in cellular respiration can contain the bacteria Bordetella Pertussis. One of the symptoms of this illness is a fever, if it becomes too high it can cause proteins to unravel and loose its normal shape. This is called a denatured protein; which are related to many diseases. In order for a protein to function correctly, the structure has to be normal. “The primary structure of a protein- its sequence of amino acids- causes it to fold into its functional shape.” (Simon, Reece, Dickey, page 48). In other words, if the amino acids aren’t functioning correctly, the proteins can become misfolded. The disease is named for the distinguishing sound produced when those who are affected attempt to breathe in. The whoop was created because of the inflammation of the laryngeal structures that vibrate when there’s a quick inflow of air. This illness is affecting many individuals and as the years continue to pass it’s only getting worse. The sad part is; it’s mostly present in infants. More are dying because of the whooping cough; they aren’t getting a chance to experience life. It’s extremely important for parents to make sure their children receive the vaccine before it’s too late. The future is unpredictable; this illness can end up causing a new virus next year, which is why every individual should receive the vaccine recommended. If a new strain of a virus

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