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N S W Public Health Bull. 2010 Jul-Aug;21(7-8):167-73. doi: 10.1071/NB10031.

Review of the 2008-2009 pertussis epidemic in NSW: notifications and hospitalisations.

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Communicable Diseases Branch, NSW Department of Health. pspok@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

Abstract

In 2008 and 2009 increased numbers of pertussis notifications were reported in NSW. During the epidemic period, the pertussis notification rate was 2.7 times higher than the previous 5-year average. Rates of pertussis notifications and hospitalisations were highest among infants aged less than 1 year across all years studied. Compared to previous years, the notification rate for children aged 1-4 years increased dramatically and was particularly striking for children aged 3 years with notifications exceeding those for infants in 2009. Changes in testing practices during the epidemic period, including a significant increase in the use of polymerase chain reaction, may account for some of the relative increase in size of the 2008-2009 outbreak compared with previous outbreak years.

PMID:
20883655
DOI:
10.1071/NB10031
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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