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Whooping Cough Making A Comeback: Is This The Worse Year Since 1959?

There has recently been a lot of talk about pertussis, also known as “whooping cough.” This year, the US appears to be headed towards epidemic levels of the disease as the number of new cases approach the highest rates in 50 years. Almost 18,000 cases have been reported so far, more than double the number seen last year at the same time.

It’s first important to understand why we are in the current predicament. For decades, antibiotics have been misused and abused. Did you know that more than 29 million pounds of antibiotics are given to food-producing animals in the US every year? This is done to help promote growth and prevent disease.  Antibiotics have thus become less effective at treating diseases such as whooping cause. To make matters worse, few drug companies are currently developing new antibiotics to help treat serious infections. Instead, many choose to invest in the development of blockbuster drugs to help treat cancer, alzheimers and parkinsons.

Chances are, you have or know someone that has received the whopping cough vaccine. But the amount of time that has elapsed since then is a significant part of the issue at hand. This is due in part to the fact that some individuals may not be keeping up with booster shots as recommended, and others are now being administered a different version which scientists now believe may not be as effective as the bacteria becomes resistant to drugs.

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