DIAGNOS10 - • Laboratory The organisms can be grown on...

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DIAGNOSIS: Clinical: Whooping cough requires a 7-14 day asymptomatic incubation period. This is followed by the catarrhal stage , which lasts 1-2 weeks. Symptoms include fever, rhinorrhea and a highly infectious cough. The next 2-4 weeks define the paroxysmal phase , during which the spasmatic ("whooping") cough is observed. Vomiting and leukocytosis (> 100,000 lymphocytes/mm 3 ) are also evident. Finally, the convalescent phase marks the end of disease and may last 3-4 weeks or longer. During this period, secondary complications may occur.
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Unformatted text preview: • Laboratory: The organisms can be grown on Bordet-Gengou agar media after 3-4 days incubation. Immunological techniques may also be employed. CONTROL: • Sanitary: This very contagious disease requires quarantine for a period of 4-6 weeks. • Immunological: Pertussis vaccine is a part of the required "DPT" schedule. • Chemotherapeutic: Antibiotic prophylaxis (erythromycin) may be used for contacts . Treatment of disease with antibiotics does not affect its course....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course BIOLOGY MCB2010 taught by Professor Jessicadigirolamo during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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