Pertussis in young infants: a severe vaccine-preventable disease

  • Marco Aurélio Palazzi Sáfadi Department of Pediatrics – Division of Infectious Diseases – FCM da Santa Casa de São Paulo, São Paulo/SP

Abstract

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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Published
2015-06-30
How to Cite
Sáfadi, M. A. (2015). Pertussis in young infants: a severe vaccine-preventable disease. Autopsy and Case Reports, 5(2), 1-4. Retrieved from https://www.revistas.usp.br/autopsy/article/view/107033
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Editorial