High white blood cell a sign of pertussis severity in babies

01/10/2013 | HealthDay News

Health records of 31 babies with pertussis in intensive care in California between 2009 and 2011 revealed at least a 50% increase in white blood cells among nearly all of those with more severe pertussis. Aside from having elevated maximum heart and breathing rates, researchers found that babies with more serious pertussis were at greater risk for pneumonia, seizures, shock and kidney failure. The findings appear in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

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