This treatment was discovered in 2015 but it was very relevant, so I am making a post about it.
Engineers in Texas have developed two antibodies that could potentially treat pertussis after 5 years of research.
The bacteria that causes pertussis, bortella pertussis, produces a toxin called pertussis toxin. This toxin damages the white blood cells of the bodies and dramatically increases the white blood cells count in the blood. This could cause blockages in blood flow.
The two antibodies work by neutralising the pertussis toxin. This help boost the immune system and reduce white blood cells count, speeding up recovery.
Tests in mice have shown that when the antibodies is injected, gives a passive immunity to pertussis.
Currently, the treatment is still undergoing clinical trials. Hopes are that it will be an effective treatment that can save thousands of infants.
References: UT News | The University of Texas at Austin. 2016. Texas Engineers Develop Potential Treatment for Whooping Cough | UT News | The University of Texas at Austin. [ONLINE] Available at:http://news.utexas.edu/2015/12/02/engineers-advance-potential-whooping-cough-treatment. [Accessed 16 August 2016]