Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

5 Questions: Yvonne Maldonado on whooping cough

(Medical Xpress)—The United States is on track to have its biggest whooping cough epidemic in 60 years, with more than 21,000 cases already reported in 2012. The highly contagious and potentially fatal disease, officially ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Californians face whooping cough outbreak

Californians are rushing to get themselves inoculated against a whooping cough epidemic which has claimed the lives of several babies.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

No whooping cough deaths in California last year

No Californian died from whooping cough in 2011, the first year since 1991 that there have been no deaths in the state from the highly infectious illness.

Immunology

Whooping cough vaccine antigen disappearing from bacteria in US

Vaccines for whooping cough contain three to five protective antigens, the presence of which are critical to the vaccine's effectiveness. But one of the antigens, pertactin, which had been present in almost all isolates of ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Researcher says whooping cough vaccines effective, despite outbreaks

(Medical Xpress)—Despite recent outbreaks of pertussis (whooping cough)—a highly contagious bacterial disease that is preventable by the current pertussis vaccines—Yale researcher Dr. Eugene Shapiro maintains in an ...

Whooping cough widespread in Britain

A study has found that nearly 40 percent of British children examined by doctors for persistent coughing show symptoms of whooping cough infections.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Texas engineers develop potential treatment for whooping cough

A team of researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and Synthetic Biologics Inc. have developed two antibodies to potentially treat or prevent pertussis, the highly contagious respiratory tract infection that affects ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Findings support safety of whooping cough vaccine for older adults

A new study of the safety of the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine supports the recommendation that those 65 and older get the vaccine to protect themselves and others, particularly young babies, from ...

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