California Recorded Largest Pertussis Outbreak since 1959

December 7, 2014 10:28 AM

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It seems that California faced this year the largest pertussis outbreak since 1959 affecting even people who had been previously vaccinated. The researchers from California Department of Public Health (CDPH) now believe that pertussis vaccine doesn’t have permanent effect.

Pertussis also called whooping cough or the 100 days’ cough is a disease caused by a bacterium (Bordetella pertussis) and is extremely contagious. The disease usually targets young people and infants. The coughing fits last about six weeks and there’s no effective treatment for pertussis. However, d...

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