Adult pertussis poses a severe risk for infants

Ellen Bamberger, Gilad Spiegel, David Greenberg, Gad Bar-Joseph, Rosa Gershtein, Isaac Srugo

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In Israel, there have been increasing reports of Bordetella pertussis infection among adolescents and adults, but the peak incidence and highest mortality occur among infants. The authors report four cases involving the likely transmission of pertussis from parents to their offspring in two hospitals in Israel. The adoption of proper infection control measures and targeted screening of parents may reduce the potential risk for such transmission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)745-747, 795
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)


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