Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Bacteria

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Bacteria

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Credit: Carol and Mike Werner/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Labelled illustration of Pertussis (Whooping cough). Microscopic droplets containing the bacteria Bortedella are inhaled. The bacteria attach themselves to celia of epithelial cells lining the throat, where they reproduce and migrate toward the epithelial cells lining the lungs. The bacteria release a toxin that paralyzes the celia and kills the cells. The toxin may then spread throughout the body, eventually causing pneumonia when alveoli in the lungs become infected.

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