[2015] Suny Salioski: Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

by fronkycat
Last updated 1 year ago

Health & Fitness

Toggle fullscreen Print glog
[2015] Suny Salioski: Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

The cause of the disease Pertussis originates from the bacteria known as Bordetella Pertussis.

Pertussis is contracted by air that is transmitted through coughing, sneezing or from being in close contact or range of someone who is infected with the disease. The disease is spread through the same way as it is contracted.

The disease is not classified as either a widespread disease or an endemic however it is present throughout the world and tend to peak between 3-5 year periods. Whooping cough isnt a very rare disease however, the disease has it period of where it is present in various locations.

The body system associated with whooping cough is the Respiratory System.

Symptoms of Pertussis:Symptoms of Pertussis consist of severe coughing, a "whooping" sound is present when inhaling , after repeated coughing a gaging sensation is present and also Apnoea, where the child stops breathing for a short period of time and may go blue in colour

The sounds of Whooping Cough

Complications of Whooping Cough:- Haemorrhage (Bleeding)-Apnoea-Pneumonia (Infection of the lungs-Inflammation of the brain-Fits, seizures and possible comas-Permanent brain damage-In severe cases even death

The incubation period of Pertussis is between 6 and 20 days. The prognosis or infants if not treated in severe cases howver in adults, the infection would gradulally resolve it self over a period of weeks.

Diagnonis of PetussisTests used to diagnose a patient who might be infected with Pertussis may include:Medical History including immunisation recordsA Physical Exam Blood TestsSwabs of the nose an throat for further testing

Treatment for Whooping Cough:The treatment of Whooping cough mainly consists of prescribed antibotics from your lcoal G.P or hospital


    There are no comments for this Glog.