Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, October 6th, 1997
The good news is that disease is usually mild in this age group due to prior exposure or vaccination. The bad news is that even mild disease can spread the pertussis pathogen to infants and young children who may develop serious complications.
The disease is fatal in up to 2 percent of children younger than one year of age.
"Reasons for this increase are not well understood," said Dalya Guris of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Guris presented the...
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