Whooping Cough Speech

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Register to read the introduction… When a person sneezes, laughs or coughs these may become airborne. Patients may also become infected by touching their mouths or noses and not realize droplets got on their hands or they inhaled drops. Like any other contagious disease, you have the greatest chance of getting sick during the earliest stages of the illness for up to 2 weeks after the cough begins. If it is diagnosed earlier enough antibiotics will shorten the period of contagiousness to 5 days.
Pertussis is usually prolonged by 1 to 2 weeks of common cold symptoms, and then 2 to 4 weeks of severe coughing. Sometimes Pertussis will or can last longer than 4 weeks. It is very important that children get treated for Pertussis. “To make a diagnosis, the doctor will take a medical history, do a thorough physical exam, and take nose and throat mucus samples that will be examined and cultured for B. Pertussis bacteria. Blood tests and a chest X-ray also might be done.” (www.kidshealth.org)
Some children with Pertussis will need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment. Whooping cough can be life threatening. Children can have complications with sleep apnea, dehydration or difficulty breathing. When they are admitted they may need
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Despite hopes some decades ago that communicable diseases were a problem of the past, infectious diseases continue to pose public health problems whose solutions call for biological understanding, technical tools, political will, and societal resources. The DHEC Bureau of Disease Control hopes this report will contribute to knowledge and understanding of the challenges posed by infectious diseases of public health importance in South Carolina.
Implement mandatory vaccinations and booster for anyone under the age of 18. This way you can try to prevent people from getting Pertussis.
Good hand washing hygiene. The hospital I work for had a big campaign several years ago to make sure everyone knew the proper way to wash your hands. We were able to cut down infection

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