Whooping Cough

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Infobase Publishing, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 108 pages
Whooping cough is a serious infectious disease characterized by coughing fits so intense that the afflicted person has difficulty breathing. This disease is most serious in infants who are too young to be vaccinated and in young children who are unvaccinated. Whooping cough is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis, which destroys ciliated cells in the respiratory tract that naturally protect against infections. Whooping Cough looks at the disease's symptoms and transmission, history, vaccine, and recent research.

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Contents

Foreword
6
What Is Whooping Cough?
8
The History of Whooping Cough
18
The Biology of Whooping Cough
29
The Toxins of Bordetella pertussis
48
Diagnosis and Treatment of Whooping Cough
56
Prevention of Whooping Cough
67
Future Prospects and Concerns Regarding Whooping Cough
84
Notes
90
Glossary
98
Further Resources
103
Index
104
About the Author
108
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