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By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. teens should get a booster shotof the whooping cough vaccine to protect them from waningimmunity and to battle a resurgence of the sometimes deadlydisease, vaccine advisers recommended on Thursday.
Bordetella pertussis is a Gram-negative, aerobic coccobacillus of the genus Bordetella. It is the causative agent of pertussis or whooping cough and it is non-motile. There is no zoonotic reservoir thus humans are the only hosts. Bacterium is spread by coughing and by nasal dripping after an incubation period of 7 to 14 days. Pertussis is an infection of the respiratory system and characterized by a "whooping" sound when the person breathes in. Before the vaccine was developed there were...
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