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Pertussis in Australia today: A disease of adolescents and adults that can kill infants

Senanayake, Sanjaya


BACKGROUND: Adolescents and adults are the main reservoir of pertussis infection in Australia today. Diagnosis in these age groups can be difficult because of atypical clinical presentations and limitations of laboratory investigations. OBJECTIVE: This article discusses the common presentation of pertussis in adults and adolescents, the use and limitations of laboratory testing, and appropriate treatment and prophylaxis. DISCUSSION: The reason for treating cases and providing chemoprophylaxis...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Family Physician
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher site


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