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Prim Care. 2018 Sep;45(3):423-431. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2018.05.003.

Pertussis: The Whooping Cough.

Author information

1
Department of Family Medicine, Loma Linda University, 1200 California Street, Suite 240, Redlands, CA 92374, USA. Electronic address: vatnguyen@llu.edu.
2
Department of Family Medicine, Loma Linda University, 1200 California Street, Suite 240, Redlands, CA 92374, USA.

Abstract

Bordetella pertussis can cause serious and potentially fatal complications, especially in very young infants. Early diagnosis and treatment of pertussis with a macrolide antibiotic, such as azithromycin, before the paroxysmal stage of disease can help mitigate complications and reduce the spread of this highly contagious disease.

KEYWORDS:

Bordetella pertussis; Paroxysmal cough; Tdap and DTaP vaccine; Whooping cough

PMID:
30115332
DOI:
10.1016/j.pop.2018.05.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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