Smallpox In The Philippines

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HISTORY OF DISEASES AND VACCINES 1. SMALLPOX Smallpox is a disease that was eradicated in 1780 worldwide. This disease was a deadly disease that was contagious, disfiguring and had drastic effects on humans for thousands of years. Smallpox is caused by an infection with the variola virus. Symptoms of smallpox generally appear 14 days after infection. When contracted with the smallpox virus the individual looks and feels healthy and normally will not pass on the disease to others. This duration is called the incubation period. Some early symptoms of smallpox include fever, discomfort, fatigue, back pain, and vomiting, later the individual will get red spots on the person’s body. Within a day the red spots turn into blisters filled with…show more content…
Whooping cough is caused by the bacteria Bordetella Pertussis. Whooping cough is also known as pertussis. The bacteria release toxins which damage cilia. Symptoms start to develop within 5 – 10 days after exposure. Early symptoms of whooping cough include cold-like symptoms, mild cough, fever, and apnea (pause in breathing) and it can last up to two weeks. Later symptoms include paroxysms (rapid coughing followed by a whooping sound), vomiting, and exhaustion. The transmission of the disease can occur from person to person when an infected person sneezes or coughs. A whooping cough is a dangerous condition in infants and they should get care from a hospital immediately. Infants with whooping cough are unable to cough, therefore it just causes them to stop breathing and turn blue. The whooping cough vaccine is called the pertussis vaccine. The first pertussis vaccine was created in the 1930s. The side effects of the vaccine include body ache, fatigue, and fever. Tdap is the booster vaccine for preteens, teens, and adults. Even with a vaccine available, an estimated 61,000 people died of whooping cough in 2013 and another 16 million people are affected by this disease annually. These numbers are a lot less compared to previous years. This shows that the vaccine isn’t highly effective but it has brought down the rate at with people get

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