April 13, 2016 |
Abington School District administrators say they have been dealing with an unexpectedly large number of pertussis cases this school year. Most unusual, according to health officials, is that the district had not experienced an outbreak before. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, tends to run in cycles, and this year's incidence is not unusual at the national, state, and county levels. The 56 cases in Montgomery County since Jan. 1 are "pretty routine," said Frank X. Custer, a spokesman for the county.
January 24, 2016 |
A high school student in Cherry Hill has been found to have whooping cough. Officials at Cherry Hill High School East wrote in a letter to parents that the student with the confirmed pertussis case was in the building during the week of Jan. 11, but had not been in school since Jan. 15. The highly contagious disease is spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. "We continue to monitor the situation at school, and if additional actions to control the spread of pertussis among pupils become necessary, we will again notify parents," the principal, Lawyer Chapman, wrote in the letter.
January 16, 2016
By Donald Smith and John Alviti In 1736, Benjamin Franklin's 4-year-old son, Francis Folger Franklin, died of smallpox. It was one of the great tragedies of Franklin's life. Francis, or "Frankie," was clearly an exceptional child for whom Franklin built great hopes in a short time. In the 1730s, the English-speaking world was just learning about a practice called "variolation," an early kind of vaccination against smallpox that involved deliberately giving people the active virus.
September 11, 2014 |
* NOVA: VACCINES - CALLING THE SHOTS. 10 tonight, WHYY12. "NOVA" isn't usually a destination for the science-phobic or medically wary. But tonight on "Vaccines - Calling the Shots," the 40-year-old PBS series isn't just preaching to the choir. It's also trying to speak to those whose reluctance to vaccinate their children has helped fuel a resurgence in diseases like measles and whooping cough. And it's willing to resort to that staple of Facebook - videos of adorable babies - to do it. In this case, the adorable baby is 7-week-old Osman Chandab, who's shown, not so adorably, struggling for every breath in a Melbourne, Australia, hospital as his distraught mother looks on. Osman, we're told, was due for his pertussis (whooping cough)
January 17, 2014 |
WHEN THINGS don't go well, the natural inclination is to burn through options until one finds a remedy. Except in the world of player development, such a course of action can sometimes prove more destructive toward the future than it is productive for the present. Take, for example, Jesse Biddle. Early last season, the No. 27 overall pick in 2010 made headlines with an impressive start to his Double A career. Only 21, Biddle struck out 40 batters, walked 12 and allowed one home run and six earned runs in his first 31 innings of work.
July 15, 2013 |
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Reading lefthander Jesse Biddle always takes the mound with supreme confidence, but he conceded that he may have some nervous energy when he participates in the Futures Game on Sunday at New York's Citi Field. Part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Game festivities, the Futures Game features many of the brightest young talents in the minor leagues. Biddle, The Inquirer's No. 1-ranked Phillies prospect, can't wait to take the mound. "I never pitched in front of a crowd in a stadium that large," he said before Wednesday's Eastern League double-A all-star game.
December 12, 2012 |
With pertussis at its highest level nationally in a half-century, the Philadelphia region has been weathering a spike that in some places is more than triple the previous record set two years ago. "We're sort of way off the scale this year," said Stephen Ostroff, Pennsylvania's acting physician general. "It really started picking up in the summer, and once kids got back to school, the [pertussis] was already there. " Cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, often decline in late fall into early winter.
September 17, 2012
'90s whooping cough vaccine weakens faster than thought As the U.S. wrestles with its biggest whooping cough outbreak in decades, researchers appear to have zeroed in on the main cause: The safer vaccine that was introduced in the 1990s loses effectiveness much faster than previously thought. A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the protective effect weakens dramatically soon after a youngster gets the last of the five recommended shots around age 6. The protection rate falls from about 95 percent to 71 percent within five years, said researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Research Center in Oakland, Calif.
August 7, 2012 |
When Pennsylvania State University biologist Andrew Read injected mice with a component of several promising malaria vaccines, he got a disquieting result: The malaria parasites spread through the immunized mice and evolved to become more virulent. Unvaccinated mice infected with these super-parasites got much sicker than those infected with ordinary malaria. The findings, Read said, should not discourage research on malaria vaccines - the disease kills hundreds of thousands of African children every year, and the parasites tend to develop resistance to drugs.
August 7, 2012
Have you gotten your Tdap shot? If you don't know what that is, you aren't unusual, which helps explain why whooping cough, or pertussis, is making an alarming comeback. Nearly 18,000 cases, including nine deaths, have been reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so far this year, a pace not seen since 1959. Tdap is a booster vaccine against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Since 2005, when it was licensed, the CDC has recommended the shot for adolescents and adults, including pregnant women, because protection from childhood vaccination wanes.