[Adult pertussis poses a severe risk for infants] Academic Article uri icon


  • In Israel, there have been increasing reports of Bordetella pertussis infection among adolescents and adults, but the peak incidence and highest mortality occur among infants. The authors report four cases involving the likely transmission of pertussis from parents to their offspring in two hospitals in Israel. The adoption of proper infection control measures and targeted screening of parents may reduce the potential risk for such transmission.

publication date

  • November 1, 2009