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Doctor insights on: Bordetella Pertussis Reproduction

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How does bordetella pertussis infect and attack cells?

How does bordetella pertussis infect and attack cells?

Whooping cough: This bacteria causes whooping cough and it is very contagious. It is easy to contract from a person who is infected and is coughing and sneezing. ...Read more

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What disease can bordetella pertussis cause?

What disease can bordetella pertussis cause?

Whooping cough: Whooping cough, formally called pertussis, is a respiratory disease that in its classic form in small children can produce paroxysms of cough strong enough to fracture a rib and long enough to cause lack of oxygen in the body. It is especially harmful in infants less than 12 months old who are not yet immunized. Because of waning immunity from vaccine, boosters are now recommended in adults. ...Read more

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How can bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) reproduce?

How can bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) reproduce?

Sugar/water/mucous: The human respiratory system provides a luxurious collection of sugar, protein & water in the form of airway mucous. This provides ample nutrition for whooping cough & a multitude of other germs. ...Read more

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How does bordetella pertussis affect peptide hormone response?

How does bordetella pertussis affect peptide hormone response?

Enhance production: By affecting some inhibitory pathways, pertussis toxins can increase the production of parathyroid hormone from PTH and other hormones from fsh. ...Read more

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How does whooping cough - bordetella pertussis - enter your body and what does it do?

How does whooping cough - bordetella pertussis - enter your body and what does it do?

Persistent cough: It is an airborne disease that you acquire from someone else and it is highly contageous. It can result with a persistent cough that may last weeks, even after treatment with antibiotics. The cough is incapacitating. ...Read more

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Why do we use two different strains of bordetella pertussis in the production of its vaccine?

Why do we use two different strains of bordetella pertussis in the production of its vaccine?

Not sure that is tru: The current vaccine (acellular) is produced by purifying a number of toxins from b. Pertussis and detoxifying them. ...Read more

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What is the vector of pertussis (whooping cough)?

What is the vector of pertussis (whooping cough)?

Humans: Bordetella pertussis is strictly a human pathogen. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about whooping cough (pertussis)?

What can you tell me about whooping cough (pertussis)?

Respiratory tract: The germ targets the upper and lower respiratory tract. Early on there is just a runny nose and congestion, Over time it worsens, producing an outpouring of thick mucous that leads to the chronic cough.Affected infants can cough so hard they develop brain injury and or die during the process. Adults often have an intractable cough lasting 3 months or more. ...Read more

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What are the initial symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis)?

What are the initial symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis)?

Pertussis: Is divided into three stages: catarrhal, paroxysmal and convalescent. The 1st stage is characterized by common cold symptoms for 1-2 weeks. The 2nd stage is marked by the characteristic cough, and the 3rd by gradual resolution over 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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How does whooping cough / pertussis enter your body and what does it do to you?

How does whooping cough / pertussis enter your body and what does it do to you?

Pertussis: Pertussis is extremely contagious and when a person inhales aerosol droplets in the air from a cough/sneeze at close range from an infected person, the chance of infection is high. This bacteria colonize the cells lining the airways and attaches to the cilia (small projections) and there is release of pertussis toxin and tracheal toxin damaging the airway leading to most of the symptoms. ...Read more

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My sons cough is very bad and was wondering could this be whooping cough or pertussis?

My sons cough is very bad and was wondering could this be whooping cough or pertussis?

Would need to test: Vaccination for pertussis is included in the immunizations given at 2, 4, 6, and 15 months, with a booster at 4-6 years. How old is your son and is he up to date on his immunizations? Pertussis can be a very serious infection and outbreaks occur due to under-immunization. If his cough sounds bad or he is acting ill, take him to his doctor and mention your concerns. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are childhood cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in children on the rise?

I'm wondering why are childhood cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in children on the rise?

Deadly choice: Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased in the us from ~2500 in the mid 90s to over 15000 per year due to increases in unvaccinated infants and children.This is primarily due to the public's mistrust of vaccines after some fraudulent research suggesting linkage to autism. Various celebrities have promoted this fiction. As a result more than 30 babies die/yr from whooping cough. ...Read more

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Can you please lay out the initial symptoms of whooping cough, otherwise known as pertussis?

Can you please lay out the initial symptoms of whooping cough, otherwise known as pertussis?

3 phases: Phases 1 is like a common cold (7-10 days), phase 2 is the cough that would not stop and may last up to 1-2 months and phase 3 is recovery time. ...Read more

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I just found out I have whooping cough "pertussis" how did I get this and how can I ease the coughing?

I just found out I have whooping cough "pertussis" how did I get this and how can I ease the coughing?

TREAT PERTUSSIS: You probably contracted it from an adult coughing in public. 'whooping cough" is an infection caused by the bacteria, bordetella pertussis. We have had several epidemics in idaho and the west coast lately. Thought of as a childhood illness it has 'made a come back' and now infects adults. The treatment is antibiotics. Prevention is the key: everyone over 19 should get a dtap shot! Cough meds help. ...Read more

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Someone at my work has whooping cough (pertussis). What can I do to protect myself from contracting pertussis?

Someone at my work has whooping cough (pertussis). What can I do to protect myself from contracting pertussis?

Doctor can evaluate: The booster shot (tdap) is recommended for all adults, of all ages, to protect against pertussis. Depending on the individual situation, one's primary care doctor can advise on whether or not antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

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How do I take care of someone with pertussis? What's the best way to take care of and attenuate the symptoms of someone who has whooping cough?

How do I take care of someone with pertussis? What's the best way to take care of and attenuate the symptoms of someone who has whooping cough?

Patient care: Make sure you have had immunization against whooping cough. Wear a mask when working with the patient. Offer symptomatic care in the form of fluids. Make sure the patient is gettin plenty of steam inhalation and is properly hydrated. Wash hands with soap and water after contact with patient. ...Read more

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How long is pertussis (whooping cough) considered contagious after symptoms begin?

How long is pertussis (whooping cough) considered contagious after symptoms begin?

Treated or not?: If pertussis is treated and you have started antibiotics you are contagious for about 5 to 7 days. If you are not treated the period extends from 3 to 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know whether your child has pertussis (whooping cough) or bad cough?

Can you tell me how to know whether your child has pertussis (whooping cough) or bad cough?

You get tested: Unfortunately, the vaccine avoiders have increased the frequency of pertussis in the us to dangerous levels. With wide vaccine use, this disease affected as few as 2500 nationwide with rare deaths in the early 90's but is now up to 30, 000 nationwide, with more than 30 deaths/yr, most in infants. A test of the secretions in your kids nose can be assessed for evidence of the pertussis. ...Read more

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Why is pertussis (whooping cough) still common in Canada but not in other developed countries?

Why is pertussis (whooping cough) still common in Canada but not in other developed countries?

Poor immunisations: Could either be because children are not getting immunized completely. It could also be because the immunity has been seen to wane in adults so until age 64 yrs they need TDap booster so they do not transmit it to children. ...Read more

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I was fully vaccinated against whooping cough yet got it when I was 8. It wasn't as severe but it was positive for pertussis. Cause?

I was fully vaccinated against whooping cough yet got it when I was 8. It wasn't as severe but it was positive for pertussis. Cause?

Immunity wanes: Pertussis immunity wanes-decreases- even when fully vaccinated. Protection against pertussis in childhood is highest in the first year after 5th vaccine. Although immunity may wane, those who contract pertussis will have less severe disease. As an adult one needs at least one Dtap booster. Women need a Dtap booster with each pregnancy to protect their infants. ...Read more

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What is in the pertussis (whooping cough) immunization?

What is in the pertussis (whooping cough) immunization?

TDAP: Adults have been given an additional component to the original tetanus vaccine for many years now. So it now includes tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis components in the vaccine. It is given as a one time booster vaccine when you are due for a tetanus vaccine, but also given after pregnancy or when you are caring for a newborn to protect them from pertussis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis)? The symptoms of whopping cough are very similar to a flu, what are the main distinctions?

What are the symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis)? The symptoms of whopping cough are very similar to a flu, what are the main distinctions?

Actually,: Actually, the whooping cough (pertussis) resembles a cold more than the flu. The main symptoms are usually nasal congestion, sore throat and cough. Pertussis is usually indistinguishable from a cold until the 2nd or 3rd week of infection, when severe attacks of cough occur, which may trigger vomiting. This cough may last up to six to eight weeks.
It is almost impossible to distinguish pertussis from a cold during the first week of symptoms, and requires lab tests. Severe coughs developing two weeks apart in several family members may be a clue.
Unfortunately, antibiotics do not help unless started within the first (possibly 2nd) week of pertussis infection. When they are prescribed, it is usually to prevent spread for others. ...Read more

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I have pertussis (whooping cough) and after I eat, I start coughing which makes me want to vomit. Should i?

Yes: One of the key symptoms of pertussis is episodes of coughing followed by nausea like symptoms and or vomiting. As pertussis is severe infection with lot of mucus body tries to eliminate the mucus by vomiting and if you feels then should vomit. Take adequate rx for pertussis. It may take weeks for symptoms to improve sometimes if infection is severe. F/u with md. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have gotten sick from the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine?

Is it possible to have gotten sick from the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine?

Unlikely: The adult tdap or used as a pertussis booster is one a vaccine with one of the lowest incidence of reactions. Most have pain at the injection site and muscle soreness lasting a few days. However, anyone can develop a personal allergic reaction to some component of any vaccine. Discuss this with your pcp. Some folks can't handle the tetanus toxoid that is part of the vaccine. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pertussus?

Pertussis is: whooping cough. It causes a classic whooping sound in an infant with it and can be quite serious in that age group. It is caused by a bacteria and is treatable. In an older child or adult, it can cause a long-lasting cough. Children and adults are vaccinated against this disease with a DTap (young children) series, and when an adolescent/adult a Tdap vaccine. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pertussus?

What are the tests for pertussus?

Culture/PCR: Gold standard for testing of b. Pertussis is culture-100% specific with no false postives. The organism is hard to isolate and positive results are usually not seen until 3-4 days after the culture is taken. Pcr (polymerase chain reaction) provides rapid results. It is a "sensitive" test (less likely to be falsely negative). Serologic tests (elisa) for igg and IgA antibodies are not recommended. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pertussus?

What are the symptoms of pertussus?

Hacking cough: Uncontrollable hacking, whooping cough that can persist for weeks pertussis is caused by " bordetella pertussis" infection, . ...Read more

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How do doctors treat pertussus?

Antibiotics: Per the cdc: a reasonable guideline is to treat persons aged >1 year within 3 weeks of cough onset and infants aged. ...Read more