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Whooping Cough Outbreak In Lethbridge, Alberta

    April 10, 2014
    Chris Tepedino
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34 cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in the last three months in Lethbridge, Alberta, and surrounding areas, according to Global News. Health officials are urging residents to get immunized from the infectious illness if they haven’t already.

Whooping cough, which is medically known as pertussis, is a “very contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis,” according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It is spread usually by being in contact with the infected who then cough or sneeze.

The best way to prevent the infectious disease is through vaccination.

“It’s very contagious,” Dr. Vivien Suttorp, chief medical officer for Alberta Health Services south zone, told Global News. “So individuals who haven’t been immunized within a household for example, 90 per cent of individuals in that household will get the disease. Even with schools, 50 to 80 per cent of kids within that school will get the disease as well.”

In the U.S., the commonly acquired vaccination is actually a three-fold vaccination called DTaP or Tdap, depending on whether the individual receiving the vaccination is an infant or child or a preteen, teen, or adult. The vaccination protects from diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, and can be substituted for your regular tetanus shot.

The last outbreak for whooping cough in Lethbridge occurred in June 2012 and led to the death of one infant.

According to the CDC, the disease can start with a slight fever and flu-like symptoms. Progression to the severe cough so associated with the disease takes usually one to two weeks. The severe cough can be rapid and violent and last until there is no air left in the lungs and the person is forced to inhale a breath that sounds like a “whoop.” The extreme cough can leave a person very tired and even make him or her throw up.

Suttorp said that due to the area’s low vaccination record, outbreaks are not uncommon every three to five years. The disease can be dangerous for adults but is especially dangerous for infants.

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  • Stone cold

    “An Israeli study indicates that asymptomatic vaccinated children can be carriers of whooping cough bacteria (HERE).
    Interpreting this data and considering the extremely low percentage of
    unvaccinated children, this means the 2010 outbreak in California must
    mathematically be attributable to the vaccinated children spreading the
    bacteria. ”

    So it is the children who are vaccinated that are spreading the infection ! ugh…

    “Per the NY Times, “The rise in pertussis doesn’t seem to be related
    to parents’ refusing to have their children vaccinated for fear of
    potential side effects. In California, pertussis rates are about the
    same in counties with high childhood vaccination rates and low ones.” (HERE)

    Amazing that the media doesn’t cover this… they are just as guilty perpetuating the idea of this vaccination which is not working to be safe.

    “A 2010 Penn State study found that DTaP vaccination actually enhances
    the growth of parapertussis bacteria, which can cause a typically milder
    strain of whooping cough. The DTaP vaccine only vaccinates against
    pertussis, not parapertussis. Counts of whooping cough include the total
    of cases caused from pertussis bacteria and parapertussis bacteria.
    This study indicates that the DTaP vaccine has caused a rise in overall
    whooping cough cases (due to the rise in parapertussis) since its introduction in the USA in 1996 (see Acellular pertussis vaccination enhances B. parapertussis colonization).

    • dfsffffffffffff

      You want the milder strain- By dealing with the milder(and their for safer strain)you develop a resistance to the stronger strain.
      The only reason a vaccine stops working is if the bacteria develops an immunity to the vaccine- in which case the immune strain multiplies rapidly while the normal, old, strain dies out.
      Also- the reason you don’t see a change with the rise is illnesses is likely that:The Bacteria are resistant to the vaccine and their for have the same infection rate as the less vaccinated strain.
      And further more- the very nature of the vaccine means that if you get an strong enough immunity to the virus it is possible to carry it.