Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Topic Guide
Whooping Cough (Pertussis): Whooping cough (pertussis) is an infectious vaccine-preventable disease marked by spasms of coughing punctuated by a characteristic "whoop" sound. Treatment involves isolating the infected individual until he or she has received five days of antibiotics (azithromycin, clarithromycin, or trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole), using a cool-mist humidifier, and monitoring for dehydration.
PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) PCR (polymerase chain reaction) is technique in molecular genetics that analyzes short sequences of DNA or RNA. PCR is used to help doctors diagnose HIV, viruses, and fungi in patients. RT-PCR is a test used to detect and measure RNA.
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