Pertussis

Common Name(s)

Pertussis, Whooping cough

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Whooping cough primarily affects young children who have not completed the full course of vaccinations. Symptoms appear mild at first including runny nose, sneezing, mild fever, and dry cough. After one to two weeks, the symptoms worsen. More severe symptoms include prolonged coughing attacks that provoke vomitting, result in red or blue face, and cause extreme fatigue. During coughing attacks the coughs may end with a high-pitched "whoop" sound during an inhale.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Pertussis" returned 1298 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Testing implications of varying targets for Bordetella pertussis: comparison of the FilmArray Respiratory Panel and the Focus B. pertussis PCR assay.
 

Author(s): Robert C Jerris, Sally R Williams, Heather J MacDonald, Danielle R Ingebrigtsen, Lars F Westblade, Beverly B Rogers

Journal: J. Clin. Pathol.. 2015 May;68(5):394-6.

 

The FilmArray Respiratory Panel (RP) detects multiple pathogens, including Bordetella pertussis. The multiplex PCR system is appropriate for a core laboratory or point of care due to ease of use. The purpose of this study is to compare the analytical sensitivity of the FilmArray RP, ...

Last Updated: 17 Apr 2015

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Surveillance of infant pertussis in Sweden 1998-2012; severity of disease in relation to the national vaccination programme.
 

Author(s): R M Carlsson, K von Segebaden, J Bergstrom, A M Kling, L Nilsson

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In Sweden, pertussis was excluded from the national vaccination programme in 1979 until acellular vaccination was introduced in a highly endemic setting in 1996. The general incidence dropped 10-fold within a decade, less in infants. Infant pertussis reached 40-45 cases per 100,000 ...

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2015

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Notes from the field: investigation of contacts of a health care worker who worked while ill with pertussis--Maryland, August-September 2014.
 

Author(s): Kasi M Chu, Lucas A Johnson,

Journal: MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep.. 2015 Jan;64(2):45.

 

On September 5, 2014, the public health department of a Maryland hospital was notified of a case of Bordetella pertussis infection confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in a staff health care worker (HCW). The HCW experienced onset of diarrhea and malaise (nonrespiratory symptoms ...

Last Updated: 23 Jan 2015

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The terms "Pertussis" returned 75 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Epidemiology of pertussis in Italy: disease trends over the last century.
 

Author(s): M V Gonfiantini, E Carloni, F Gesualdo, E Pandolfi, E Agricola, E Rizzuto, S Iannazzo, M L Ciofi Degli Atti, A Villani, A E Tozzi

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We reviewed the epidemiology of pertussis in Italy over the last 125 years to identify disease trends and factors that could have influenced these trends. We described mortality rates (1888-2012), case fatality rates (1925-2012), cumulative incidence rates (1925-2013) and age-specific ...

Last Updated: 17 Oct 2014

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Revised guidance on the choice of pertussis vaccines: July 2014.
 

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Journal: Wkly. Epidemiol. Rec.. 2014 Jul;89(30):337-40.

 

Last Updated: 28 Jul 2014

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Pertussis vaccine trials in the 1990s.
 

Author(s): Linda C Lambert

Journal: J. Infect. Dis.. 2014 Apr;209 Suppl 1():S4-9.

 

The significant burden of disease due to pertussis, which predominantly affects newborns during their first few months of life, was substantially decreased following the introduction of inactivated whole-bacterial-cell vaccines in the middle of the 20th century. Although these vaccines ...

Last Updated: 14 Mar 2014

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Study of BPZE1 (High Dose) Nasal Live Attenuated B. Pertussis Vaccine
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Pertussis; Whooping Cough

 

Last Updated: 20 May 2015

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Last Updated: 26 May 2015

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Seroepidemiological Study of Pertussis and Other Infectious Diseases
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Pertussis Infection

 

Last Updated: 30 Sep 2013

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