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Whooping Cough

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious disease caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacterium. Characterized by severe coughing fits, whooping cough can lead to pneumonia, convu… (See Below for Full Description)
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Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious disease caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacterium. Characterized by severe coughing fits, whooping cough can lead to pneumonia, convulsions, encephalopathy, and, in rare cases, death. Since most infections occur in unvaccinated infants and children, vaccination is recommended for this highly contagious disease for infants starting at 2 months of age, with booster shots throughout childhood. Although whooping cough is more common in undeveloped nations, it is on the rise in the United States, with more than 15,000 cases in the country in 2006 compared to 1,000 in 1976. Whooping Cough explores both the historical and epidemiological aspects of this disease as well as its biology, providing information on its prevalence, treatment, vaccination, and prevention.

Chapters include:

  • What Is Whooping Cough?
  • The History of Whooping Cough
  • The Biology of Whooping Cough
  • The Toxins of Bordetella Pertussis
  • Treatment of Whooping Cough
  • Prevention of Whooping Cough
  • Future Prospects and Concerns.

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ISBN-13 978-1-60413-229-8
ISBN-10 1604132299
eBook ISBN 978-1-4381-3217-4
Bundle Options Individual
Language English
Publisher Infobase Learning
From the Series Deadly Diseases and Epidemics
Author Patrick G. Guilfoile, Ph.D.
Publication Date 5/1/2010
Book's Binding Hardcover
Imprint Chelsea House
Specifications Full-color photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. Further reading. References. Endnotes. Glossary. Web sites. Index.
Available Formats Print & eBook

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