Whooping Cough: Bordetella Pertussis is the Causative Agent
Pp. 108-111 (4)
Muhammad Imran Qadir,
Whooping cough is a respiratory tract infection mainly occurs in children
and infants. Bordetella pertussis is bacteria that is responsible for the cough. It is a
gram-negative bacteria that belong to the Cocco-bacillus group. Whooping cough is
also known as Pertussis. Parents and siblings play a major role in its transmission. It is
transferred from person to person. Illness, sneezing, and cough are the main symptoms.
By observing the victim it can diagnose easily, by a blood test or by physical
examination. However, the treatment of cough is now present in this era. Vaccination is
present for treating pertussis. These vaccines are effective, but not enough efficient in
their performance. Before the advent of vaccines, pertussis is an epidemic disease, but
nowadays it is working against cough for treatment to some extent. More advanced
techniques are trying to discover for treating and curing pertussis.
Epidemic, Pertussis, Transmission, Vaccine, Whooping Cough.