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  eMedicine - Pertussis : Article by Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, MD
Pertussis is most infectious when patients are in the catarrhal phase, but pertussis may remain communicable for 3 or more weeks after the onset of cough.
B pertussis and B parapertussis are the causative organisms for pertussis infection in humans.
The criterion standard for diagnosis of pertussis is isolation of B pertussis in culture.
www.emedicine.com /ped/topic1778.htm   (3865 words)

 Pertussis ( Whooping cough ) - DrGreene.com
Pertussis is caused by bacteria that attach themselves to the cilia (little hairs) that line the respiratory tract.
Nevertheless, pertussis is a common cause of chronic cough illness in adults and older children.
People who have been exposed to probable or confirmed pertussis should either receive a course of preventative antibiotics (and I say this as someone strongly opposed to the overuse of antibiotics), or be kept home from day care, school, or work for at least 2 weeks.
www.drgreene.com /21_1155.html   (1333 words)

 Publications - Infectious Factsheets - Pertussis
Pertussis [per-TUS-is] is a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract.
Children with pertussis often have episodes of rapid, spasmodic coughing followed by a characteristic intake of breath that sounds like a "whoop." The violent coughing spells are worse at night and can last for as long as 1 to 2 months.
Before the availability of pertussis vaccine, pertussis was one of the most common childhood diseases and a major cause of death in children in the United States.
www.astdhpphe.org /per.asp   (651 words)

 Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Symptoms of pertussis are milder in previously vaccinated persons, and the diagnosis may be missed in adolescents and adults, who often have less characteristic symptoms.
The risk of developing pertussis for patients or staff during these outbreaks is often difficult to quantify because the "definition" of an exposure is not well defined.
Pertussis symptoms may be ameliorated when effective antimicrobial therapy is started during either the catarrhal stage or within 2 weeks of cough onset.
www.hopkinsmedicine.org /heic/ID/pertussis   (1345 words)

 Pertussis: Bacterial Infections: Merck Manual Home Edition
Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis, which results in fits of coughing that usually end in a prolonged, high-pitched, deeply indrawn breath (the whoop).
People may develop pertussis at any age, but one third of cases occur in children younger than 10 years, and one third occur in adolescents 11 to 18 years of age.
Pertussis is most serious in children younger than 2 years, and nearly all deaths occur in children younger than 6 months.
www.merck.com /mmhe/sec23/ch272/ch272g.html   (633 words)

 Pertussis - Vaccine-Preventable Diseases - Public Health Agency of Canada
Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly communicable infection of the respiratory tract caused by Bordetella pertussis.
The resurgence of pertussis was likely due to a combination of factors, including the low efficacy of the combined adsorbed diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis whole-cell vaccine used in children in Canada between 1980 and 1997, waning immunity among adolescents and adults, as well as increased physician awareness and improved diagnosis and reporting of pertussis disease.
Pertussis is a common cause of prolonged cough illness in adolescents and adults.
www.phac-aspc.gc.ca /im/vpd-mev/pertussis_e.html   (608 words)

 RACGP | Pertussis   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Pertussis (whooping cough) is an epidemic bacterial respiratory infection.
Acellular pertussis vaccine, as a component of the primary course of vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, is recommended for all infants from 2 months of age, unless there is a genuine contraindication.
It is advisable to defer pertussis vaccines for infants or children known to have active or progressive neurological disease, as neurological deterioration might erroneously be attributed to pertussis vaccine.
www.racgp.org.au /Content/NavigationMenu/ClinicalResources/RACGPGuidelines/Immunisation/Vaccines/Pertussis/default.htm   (2503 words)

 pertussis, whooping cough
Pertussis infection in the very small infant might also be implicated in some apparent SIDS cases.
The pertussis germ is widespread in the adult population, a fact unknown to parents and unfortunately, to many doctors who care for adults.
Adult pertussis is very common in Germany, for example, where many patients get pertussis as children, then suffer from the same disease again in adulthood; these patients have more severe disease than that suffered by American adults who were immunized and later were infected when their immunity wore off.
www.drhull.com /EncyMaster/P/pertussis.html   (908 words)

 Pertussis...Whooping Cough   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious airborne bacterial disease that is marked by severe coughing.
Mild pertussis is often difficult to diagnose because its symptoms mimic that of a cold with a mild fever.
Pertussis cases are contagious for the first 5 days of antibiotic treatment or 21 days if they do not receive treatment with antibiotics.
www.gocolumbiamo.com /Health/Clinic_and_Nursing/pertussis.html   (599 words)

For this reason, studies are underway to assess the role of pertussis in adolescents and adult cough illness, and the safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy of acellular pertussis vaccines in adolescents and adults.
DPT-Hib: diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and Hib conjugate (DPT-Hib)
: diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, and acellular pertussis vaccine, adsorbed (DTaP)
www.phac-aspc.gc.ca /publicat/ccdr-rmtc/97vol23/23sup/acs3.html   (4837 words)

 Pertussis - vaccine
This is an immunization (vaccination) that protects against pertussis (whooping cough), a severe and potentially deadly childhood bacterial infection that affects the airways.
Pertussis is characterized by a severe, persistent cough and whooping or crowing sound on inspiration (taking a breath).
Pertussis is a serious illness that may last for weeks and can cause coughing spells so severe that infants are unable to breathe, eat, or drink.
www.healthcentral.com /ency/408/002027.html   (585 words)

Pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, is caused by a bacterium (germ), Bordetella pertussis, that lives in the mouth, nose and throat.
Pertussis is usually treated with a multi-day course of appropriate antibiotics, such as azythromycin, erythromycin or clarithromycin, or an acceptable alternative.
People in close contact with children or adults with pertussis usually need to be treated with antibiotics and efforts should be taken to minimize an infant’s exposure to children and adults with cough illnesses.
www.idph.state.il.us /public/hb/hbpertus.htm   (681 words)

 MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Pertussis
Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing. The coughing can make it hard to breathe.  A deep "whooping" sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath.
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is an upper respiratory infection caused by the Bordetella pertussis or Bordetella parapertussis bacteria.
During a pertussis outbreak, unimmunized children under age 7 should not attend school or public gatherings, and should be isolated from anyone known or suspected to be infected.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/ency/article/001561.htm   (852 words)

 Pertussis (whooping cough)
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease involving the respiratory tract.
Pertussis is primarily spread by direct contact with discharges from the nose and throat of infected individuals.
Complications of pertussis may include pneumonia, middle ear infection, loss of appetite, dehydration, seizures, encephalopathy (disorders of the brain), apneic episodes (brief cessation of breathing) and death.
www.health.state.ny.us /diseases/communicable/pertussis/fact_sheet.htm   (506 words)

We would later find out that the persistent cough was actually pertussis, also known as whooping cough, and that the older family member caught the disease from a friend's child who was behind on his immunizations.
I would encourage all parents to be on the lookout for pertussis and suspect it in older children and adults before they spread it to younger children and infants.
No child is safe unless he or she is vaccinated against pertussis, a decision that unfortunately for Colin, we never had the choice to make.
www.pertussis.com /share.html   (4629 words)

 Pertussis - vaccine
This is an immunization (vaccination) that protects against pertussis (whooping cough), a severe and potentially deadly childhood bacterial infection that affects the airways.
Pertussis is characterized by a severe, persistent cough and whooping or crowing sound on inspiration (taking a breath).
Pertussis is a serious illness that may last for weeks and can cause coughing spells so severe that infants are unable to breathe, eat, or drink.
www.umm.edu /ency/article/002027.htm   (899 words)

 WHO | Pertussis
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a disease of the respiratory tract caused by bacteria that live in the mouth, nose, and throat.
Pertussis spreads very easily from child to child in droplets produced by coughing or sneezing.
Prevention involves immunization with pertussis vaccine, which is usually given in combination with diphtheria and tetanus vaccines (DTP).
www.who.int /immunization/topics/pertussis/en/index1.html   (360 words)

 Immunization Branch, Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Fact Sheet   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The pertussis bacteria live in the nose, mouth, and throat, and are sprayed into the air when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or talks.
Pertussis can be prevented among household members and others in close contact with an infected person by treating the exposed persons with antibiotics, even if they have been vaccinated.
To protect babies from being exposed to pertussis, families who have or are expecting a baby and people who work with babies should consult with their doctor about receiving this vaccine.
www.dshs.state.tx.us /immunize/pertussis/pert_facts.shtm   (726 words)

 Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment on MedicineNet.com
Whooping cough (pertussis) is an acute, highly contagious respiratory infection that is caused by a bacterium.
The bacterium responsible for the infection, Bordetella pertussis, was not isolated until 1906.
Pertussis vaccine is most commonly given in combination with the vaccines for diphtheria and tetanus in the vaccine known as “DPT.” (Pertussis is the "P" in the DPT vaccine.) Immunity from the DPT vaccine wears off, so many teenagers and adults get whooping cough (pertussis).
www.medicinenet.com /pertussis/article.htm   (557 words)

 Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis: Recommendations for Vaccine Use
Pertussis became a nationally notifiable disease in 1922, and reports reached a peak of 265,269 cases and 7,518 deaths in 1934.
A single-antigen adsorbed pertussis vaccine preparation can be used to complete vaccination against pertussis for children less than 7 years of age who have received fewer than the recommended number of doses of pertussis vaccine but have received the recommended number of doses of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids for their age.
Half-dose immunization for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis: response of preterm infants.
wonder.cdc.gov /wonder/prevguid/m0041645/M0041645.asp   (12149 words)

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a contagious disease that can cause a prolonged and sometimes severe cough illness.
Pertussis can occur at any age but severe illness is more common in infants and young children who have not been immunized.
Pertussis vaccine is given at 2, 4, 6, and 15 months of age, and again when a child enters school.
www.cdphe.state.co.us /dc/Epidemiology/Pertussis/index.html   (193 words)

 NNii. Vaccine Information
Pertussis is a bacterial infection caused by Bordetella pertussis.
Pertussis will develop in 90% of unvaccinated children living with someone with pertussis, and in 50% to 80% of unvaccinated children who attend school or daycare with someone with pertussis.
Pertussis occasionally occurs in children who have received the pertussis immunization, but it is less severe and has fewer complications.
www.immunizationinfo.org /vaccineInfo/vaccine_detail.cfv?id=22   (2100 words)

 Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Whooping cough - or pertussis - is an infection of the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis (or B.
Before a vaccine was available, pertussis killed 5,000 to 10,000 people in the United States each year.
Whooping cough can be prevented with the pertussis vaccine, which is part of the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis) immunization.
www.kidshealth.org /parent/infections/bacterial_viral/whooping_cough.html   (1378 words)

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a very contagious disease of the respiratory tract.
The pertussis vaccine is usually given in combination with diphtheria and tetanus.
People with pertussis or their contacts may be isolated to prevent the spread of the disease.
www.state.sd.us /doh/Pubs/pertussis.htm   (443 words)

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