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2012-09-13 17:47:22

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In the early years of life, children are given immunization shots against all types of potential dangerous illness, including whooping cough, or acellular pertussis. According to a new study, however, children older than 6 and even some teenagers could benefit from an extra round of booster shots. “We found that the effectiveness of the vaccine wanes 42% on average each year during the five years after the fifth dose,"...

Reported Cases of Whooping Cough Highest in 50 Years
2012-07-20 05:49:17

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Feelings of congestion saddled with a cough. An uncontrollable fever and runny nose. These are just a few symptoms of pertussis, otherwise known as the whooping cough. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. will have the highest number of cases of whooping cough in more than five decades. Experts believe that the increase in cases signals that the current vaccine is not entirely effective. So...

2012-07-19 12:18:11

Because whooping cough (pertussis) is almost as contagious as measles (affecting ~12-17 individuals with each case), clinicians are required to report cases of this bacterial respiratory tract infection to the state's department of public health. In 2010, California had the highest number of cases of whooping cough in 60 years. A new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics describes the 2010 whooping cough epidemic and details strategies to decrease the incidence of this...

Australia Suffers Under New Strain Of Whooping Cough
2012-03-22 05:50:54

A new strain of whooping cough has been eluding vaccines and causing the number of whooping cough cases to rise sharply in Australia. Scientists from the University of New South Wales led the research and discovered a new genotype (called prn2-ptxP3) of B. pertussis, the whooping cough bacteria. This new strain has been resistant to the current acellular vaccine (ACV) given to treat whooping cough. As such, cases of the potentially fatal respiratory illness are on the rise. These...


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