Respiratory infections in children don't mean higher pertussis risk

08/21/2011 |

Data on 1,059 infants, children and adolescents who experienced cough illness indicate that very few of them had unsuspected pertussis, with only 0.5% and 2% testing positive for Bordetella parapertussis and Bordetella pertussis, respectively. The study in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal also found no evidence that respiratory virus infection increases susceptibility to Bordetella infection.

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