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Epidemic of pertussis deaths and cause concern in the Holy Spirit

Only in 2012 were registered 950 cases of the disease, which until now has been responsible for the deaths of eleven people in the state

 
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With one more fatality in 2013, after causing 10 deaths in 2012, pertussis worries the Health Department of the state of Espírito Santo. Accounting 950 confirmed cases in 2012, most at the end of the year, and another 32 in January this year, the disease is now classified as an epidemic.

Common in children as it manifests in more severe the disease is overlooked by adults, making their control. The health department warns of the need for greater attention for symptoms: children, youth, adults and seniors that are experiencing persistent dry cough, bouts of coughing, vomiting after coughing and mild fever should seek immediate medical care to break the chain transmission.

Prevented by vaccination offered by SUS, after five doses given at six years of age the child will have a partial immunity in about 80% that lasts five to ten years, so even those who have undergone complete vaccination may acquire disease. In the state, the majority of patients are not receiving all doses or age were not indicated to receive it.

Since observed increase in reports of the disease, the secretary of Health initiated a series of actions and alert capability. Training was provided to municipalities in the exam laboratory (collection swab).

In addition, the department contacted the epidemiological surveillance of the 78 municipalities capixabas to clarify pertussis, technical notes referring also to the Regional Council of Medicine (CRM) and Regional Nursing Council (Coren), as well as several medical societies .

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   Palavras-chave:   Pertussis epidemic    Holy spirit    Deaths    Outbreaks of cough    Transmission chain    Collection swab   
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