Pertussis (Bordatella Pertussis)

Sites

  • Upper airwary, rarely lung

Etiology

  • Gram negative rod
  • Uncommon cause CAP

Risk Factors

  • Easily spread
  • Vax of kids and re-vax of adults preventive
  • Kids can have airway compromise due to small size
  • Incubation avg 7-10d

Symptoms

  • Catarrhal stage 1-2w→ cold sx, sometimes low grade T
  • Then paroxysmal stage→ characteristic whooping cough, post-tussive vomiting
  • Convaslescent stage→ adults present w/persistent cough x 6-10 weeks

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