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.

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
It happens. At a listed age of 31, your Pertussis vaccines in childhood were the old whole cell vaccine that was never given after age 6 because of severe reactions. By your late teens your pertussis immunity waned enough you could get the disease. Boosters using the new acellular vaccine were not routinely given to teens or adults until relatively recently. Read more...