Pertussis in young infants: a severe vaccine-preventable disease
Pertussis (also known as whooping cough)
is a highly contagious disease mainly caused by
the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It is a strictly
human disease and affects all ages. However, the
morbidity and mortality associated with pertussis are
disproportionally high in young infants — the age
group in which we observe virtually all hospitalizations,
complications, and deaths related to pertussis.
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