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The fear of whooping cough is evolving towards a SUPERBUG because doctors say a new vaccine is desperately needed

Bacteria responsible for whooping cough turn into super bacteria, scientists warn.

Australian experts say that bordetella pertussis is getting better at hiding the immune system.

The evolving bacteria produce more nutrient-transporting proteins that help it multiply quickly.

It also causes fewer immune responses and causes fewer symptoms. This makes it slide under the radar and thrive.

In addition to a persistent cough, the bug can cause fatal attacks, lung infections and brain damage, especially in children.

Scientists behind the study say that new vaccines should be developed over the next five to ten years to prevent bordetella pertussis from turning into a superug.

A new whooping cough vaccine is needed as the bacteria evolves into a possible super bacterium, researchers warn (stock image)

A new whooping cough vaccine is needed as the bacteria evolves into a possible super bacterium, researchers warn (stock image)

Whooping cough, known as extremely contagious, kills a handful of children in the UK every year.

It is spread by the cough and sneeze of an infected person and causes repeated cough that can last two to three months or more.

The infection – especially in developing countries – affects around 16 million people worldwide and causes around 200,000 preventable deaths.

WHAT IS COOKING?

Whooping cough, medically known as whooping cough, causes coughing that can last for several months.

It is spread by sneezing, and the first symptoms are often runny nose, watery eyes, and sore throat.

The infection has its name because children can make a ‘howling’ sound between coughing when they gasp, the NHS says.

Complications of whooping cough can in some cases be breathing difficulties, weight loss, brain damage and even death.

Complications of whooping cough can in some cases be breathing difficulties, weight loss, brain damage and even death

But the number of infections and deaths from whooping cough – the medical name – has fallen sharply since the 1940s after the vaccine was developed.

Now a team of scientists from the University of New South Wales in Sydney have discovered that some strains are adapting to the current vaccine used in Australia.

The ACV jab is similar to the one used to immunize against whooping cough in the UK and the US.

In their study, researchers analyzed proteins enveloping B. pertussis at the cellular level, and compared their activity with results in older studies.

They discovered that the bacteria encouraged the formation of more nutrient-transporting proteins and fewer immunogenic proteins.

This means that they have the potential to absorb nutrients while avoiding the body’s immune system responses.

Because the developed bacteria do not cause strong immune responses, it is possible that the insects can multiply without causing noticeable symptoms.

This means that people can carry the infection without realizing it.

An Australian study found that bordetella pertussis is getting better at hiding the immune system in people who are immunized against it.

An Australian study found that bordetella pertussis is getting better at hiding the immune system in people who are immunized against it.

An Australian study found that bordetella pertussis is getting better at hiding the immune system in people who are immunized against it.

WHY DOES WHOOPING COME A COMEBACK?

Government statistics show that 1,400 suspected cases of whooping cough have been registered in England so far this year.

For comparison: according to Public Health England, only 1,054 cases were registered at the same time last year.

More than 100,000 cases of lung infection were recorded every year in the 1940s before a vaccine was developed.

The cases were brought under 3000 by 1995. Until 2012 it was under control – the worst year for whooping cough in the US since 1955.

Experts have blamed the declining immunity for the vaccine for the resurgence of the common illness in the 1940s.

The American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that pertussis is naturally cyclical, with peaks in disease every three years.

It said that peaks have risen and that the number of cases has increased in recent decades due to decreasing immunity.

“The bacteria that cause pertussis also always change at the genetic level,” the federal agency writes on its website.

The CDC also said that more awareness, better testing and reporting may also explain the increase in cases.

CAN THE VACCINE BE PAID?

Some infection experts believe that the revival is due to the whooping cough vaccine switch given to children.

In 2004, UK health officials switched from the traditional puncture to another, called DTaP, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus and polio.

A PHE study, published in BMC Medicine, in the aftermath of the 2012 revival showed that the switch to the new vaccine is to blame.

In conclusion, the researchers said: “Improved whooping cough vaccines that offer better protection against infections are needed.”

Many researchers in the US, where the switch to the DTaP test took place in the 1990s, have reflected the same feeling in recent years.

DTaP has fewer antigens – proteins that cause an immune response. This means that the puncture provides immunity for a shorter time.

The vaccine was developed because the old ones had side effects, including painful arms, crying, restlessness, anxiety and occasional attacks.

Chief author Professor Laurence Luu, a microbiologist at UNSW, said: “We discovered that the whooping cough strains evolved to improve their survival, regardless of whether a person was vaccinated or not.

‘Simply put, the bacteria that cause whooping cough are getting better at hiding and better at feeding – they turn into a superug.

‘The bacteria can still colonize you and survive without causing the disease. You probably would not know that you are infected with the whooping cough bacteria because you do not get the symptoms. “

Professor Luu said the current vaccine was still “very effective,” but warned that we need a new vaccine to fight strains as they develop.

The findings are reported in the medical journal Vaccine.

The NHS offers the vaccine to pregnant women free of charge and protects their baby against the infection during the first few weeks of life.

The six-in-one vaccine is given to babies after eight, 12 and 16 weeks and the four-in-one preschool booster is offered to three-year-olds.

But the Health Service warns that protection against the whooping cough vaccine tends to wear out after a few years.

The warning comes when whooping cough is experiencing a huge revival in the UK.

There were 25,891 whooping cough cases diagnosed in the UK between 2012 and 2018 compared to 6,216 between 2005 and 2011 – a four-fold increase according to UHS.

Experts accuse the increasing number of cases of growing anti-vaccination feelings and a relatively new injection that is less effective than its predecessor.

Whooping cough is spread by sneezing and the first symptoms are often runny nose, watery eyes and sore throat.

The infection has its name because children can make a ‘howling’ sound between coughing when they gasp, the NHS says.

Complications of whooping cough can in some cases be breathing difficulties, weight loss, brain damage and even death.

The youngest babies – between birth and three months – run the greatest risk of being admitted to death or intensive care.

He said the last major outbreak of whooping cough in Australia was between 2008 and 2012, with more than 140,000 cases.

Deaths from whooping cough are rare, with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare at around two a year in the two decades prior to 2018.

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