Nurses play critical role in responding to global resurgence of pertussis

Pertussis (whooping cough) is on the increase in the United States and around the world -— and nurses play an essential role in educating parents and patients about the safety and effectiveness of pertussis vaccination, according to a new paper. Caused by infection with Bordetella pertussis bacteria, pertussis has been increasing in recent years. Worldwide, there are an estimated 50 million cases of pertussis and 300,000 deaths. Pertussis is a major cause of death in infants worldwide.
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Authors: da Silva Antunes R, Quiambao LG, Sutherland A, Soldevila F, Dhanda SK, Armstrong SK, Brickman TJ, Merkel T, Peters B, Sette A Abstract The immune response elicited by the protective whole-cell pertussis (wP) versus the less-protective acellular pertussis (aP) vaccine has been well characterized; however, important clinical problems remain unsolved, as the inability of the currently administered aP vaccine is resulting in the reemergence of clinical disease (i.e., whooping cough). Strong evidence has shown that original, childhood aP and wP priming vaccines provide a long-lasting imprint on the CD4+ T cells...
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Bordetella pertussis, the main causative agent of whooping cough, is a reemerging pathogen, and recent vaccine-resistant strain outbreaks and emergence of macrolides-resistant strains in China raised new concerns for control of the disease. New vaccines and potentially new antibiotics are thus needed. B. pertussis is tedious to culture and requires several days of growth to count isolated colonies on agar-based media, making large-scale screening of new anti-B. pertussis compounds or functional evaluation of large sample sizes of immune sera difficult. Here, we developed a scalable, rapid, high-throughput luminescence-base...
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EU-funded researchers hope a greater understanding of interactions between pertussis bacteria and the immune system, together with a toolkit for testing new vaccines, will help prevent whooping cough disease and deaths in babies worldwide.
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