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  • Pertussis: Whooping Cough

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    Pertussis, or more commonly known as ‘whooping cough’ is a highly contagious disease that is caused by a gram-negative coccobacillus bacterium Bordetella pertussis. Pertussis is an infection of the lining of the respiratory tract. This infection creates breathing difficulties, and in children it is often accompanied by a ‘whoop’ sound as the individual tries to inhale. Features of B. pertussis and its laboratory identification Pertussis is a reemerging disease whose number of incidences have

  • Taking a Look at Pertussis

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    INTRODUCTION: Pertussis is an extremely contagious infection of the respiratory tract that results in the greatest mortality and morbidity in children. The infection is caused by Bordetella pertussis, a gram-negative bacterium that settles and replicates in the ciliated epithelium of the respiratory tract resulting in adhesions and severe coughing episodes. Pertussis is also known as “whooping cough” and is characterized by three chronological stages: the catarrhal, paroxysmal, and convalescent

  • Bordetella Pertussis Research Paper

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    Introduction Bordetella pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough is typically a six week disease divided into three stages. From the 1500s to the 1900s whooping cough was an unidentified disease. Long after its first outbreak in the 1500, it was finally discovered in the 1906 by scientists Jules Bordet and Octave Gengou. Most outbreaks occurred in children and it was not until 1920 that a vaccine was developed by Dr. Louis S. Sauer in Evanstion Hospital in Illinois. Several years later, in

  • 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

  • The Communicable Disease: Pertussis Essay

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    The Communicable Disease: Pertussis Pertussis is a highly infectious disease. It is also known as whooping cough. For more than a decade, pertussis has become a significant public health problem. CDC reports that since the 1980s, there has been an increase in the number of reported cases of pertussis in the United States (2011a). Worldwide, there are 30-50 million cases of pertussis and about 300,000 deaths per year (CDC, 2011a). Public Health Nurses play an important role in limiting the transmission

  • The Effects Of Pertussis On Infants Under The Age Of One Essay

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    study focuses on pertussis affecting infants under the age of one in Bell County. As mentioned earlier, pertussis is given to infants at the age of two, four and six months (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). Even though, a number of the infants acquire this immunization, their immunity still lacks. In 2012, there was a report of 21 confirmed cases in the local area of pertussis and 20 that were unconfirmed (Fort Hood Sentinel, 2012). There was a confirmation that pertussis was seen in

  • Pertussis or Whooping Cough Can Lead to Death Essay

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    Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a bacterium, Bordatella pertussis. In 2010 it affected 27, 5501 individuals and was responsible for 262 deaths in the United States. Bordatella pertussis colonizes in the cilia of the respiratory tract3 producing uncontrollable coughing with paroxysms (fits) followed with a high pitched intake of air creating a whoop sound, posttussive emesis (cough induced vomiting), and exhaustion.3 These symptoms

  • The Effects Of Bordetella Pertussis On An Acute Respiratory Tract Infection

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    Bordetella pertussis (known as whooping cough) was discovered by Bordet and Gengou as an acute respiratory tract infection. (1-2) The highly contagious B. pertussis is a strictly aerobic gram-negative coccobacillus that grows best between 35-37 ºC, and is transmitted through inhalation of aerosol droplets. It is one of ten known Bordetella species, and accounts for 50 million cases annually, in which 300,000 of them result in death. (1-3) Pathogenesis There are four stages in B. pertussis infection

  • Arguments For Vaccines

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    The opposition to vaccinations is a well-known phenomenon that dates back to the Victorian age when it was self-limited by the awareness of the importance to be protected against fearsome infectious diseases such as smallpox and polio. These positive effects of the vaccination campaigns have blurred out, if not erased, the memory of the tragic consequences of the past's widespread diseases, leading people to underestimate the severity of the harm that vaccinations prevent. Vaccines represent one

  • Vaccine Vaccines

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    In modern times with the rapid pace of vaccine development in recent decades, the historic origins of immunization are often forgotten, leading people to underestimate the severity of the harm that vaccinations prevent. The resistance to vaccinations is a well-known occurrence, due to the positive effects vaccinations have had we forget the tragic consequences of the past's fearsome infectious disease such as smallpox. “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” George Santayana