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Publication : The Journal of infection

Bordetella pertussis: why is it still circulating?

Scientific Fields
Diseases
Organisms
Applications
Technique

Published in The Journal of infection - 05 Oct 2013

Guiso N

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 24103807

J. Infect. 2014 Jan;68 Suppl 1:S119-24

Bordetella pertussis is the causal agent of whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory disease that is life-threatening in infants under the age of three months and may also be very severe in pregnant women and seniors. This disease can be prevented by vaccination but it remains a public health problem in many developed and developing countries.(1) So, why is B. pertussis still circulating? We need to consider several aspects of this vaccine-preventable disease when answering this question: (i) the history of the disease and the historical context in which the vaccine was developed; (ii) the type of vaccine used; (iii) the vaccination strategy and coverage; (iv) the disease surveillance after the introduction of generalized vaccination and (v) the surveillance for the causal agent of the disease.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24103807