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Pertussus (Definition)

Pertussus is also known as Whooping cough. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a contagious bacterial disease, and often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty ...Read more

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Should i go to work when I have pertussis?

Should i go to work when I have pertussis?

After....: Currently you may return if you have completed a course of the appropriate antibiotic, usually a macrolide. Some experts believe your are no longer contagious after 3 weeks of illness. But check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Was tested positive for pertussis. Is baby at risk?

Was tested positive for pertussis. Is baby at risk?

Depends: If you were found to have antibodies in your blood against pertussis, you have been immunized like most people or recovered from the disease. If your cough was found to be due to pertussis, then baby, if unimmunized, may be given antibiotics prophylactically. Congratulations on being a parent -- awsome joys and awesome responsibility. ...Read more

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Where did pertussis come from ?

Where did pertussis come from
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Whooping cough: Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a bacteria called bordetella pertussis. It causes heavy, uncontrollable coughing that sound like barking. It is on the rise, therefore immunization against it is now recommended. Most of us have been immunized against it during our early years of life through the tdap tetanus vaccine and now booster is recommended for unimmunized. ...Read more

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What is pertussis?

Whooping Cough: The medical term for whooping cough. An infection that is defined by a unique cough that may sound like a "whoop". It starts as a simple cold like illness progressing over 2-3 weeks to a serious painful cough, with emesis and trouble catching breath.Lasts 100days or so despite any therapy.Can be deadly in infants and toddlers.Preventable by immunizations. ...Read more

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How does one get pertussis ?

Pertussis: is transmitted person to person when the bacteria is spread by coughing or sneezing in close proximity to others. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the targeted system of pertussis?

Respiratory tract: The germ targets the upper and lower respiratory tract, 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 is pertussis ?

What is pertussis
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Whooping cough: It's another name for whooping cough, a serious bacterial infection of the respiratory tract caused by bordatella pertussis. I'm afraid it's making a comeback because of misguided parents who don't vaccinate their children. ...Read more

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How would I be sure that my child don't have pertussis? He has fits of coughs, and usually worse at night, but still very active in the day.

How would I be sure that my child don't have pertussis? He has fits of coughs, and usually worse at night, but still very active in the day.

Whooping cough: Pertussis or whooping cough is a debilitating desease, the child usually appears toxic, apprehensive, fever usually accompanies the cough in the early stages.There are many reasons for a chronic cough in children.They vary by age, enviromental factors, and causative pathogens.Is your child vaccinated?...That is the best protection.See your md. ...Read more

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I think I had the pertussis shot a couple years ago but not sure. Is it bad to get it again?

No: We don't think so and there is no evidence to suggest otherwise. Dtap is for kids and tdap is for adults to be re-vaccinated. What we are finding is that the protection to pertussis fades away as we get older. As a result of this and children not being immunized, rates of pertussis infection last year reached rates of the 1960's. Caregivers for small babies should definitely receive booster. ...Read more

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