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]
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