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Korean J Pediatr 2010 May;53(5) :629-633.
Update on pertussis and pertussis immunization
Jung Yun Hong (Hong JY)
Department of Pediatrics, Medical School, Jeju National University
Corresponding Author: Jung Yun Hong ,Email:
Copyright © 2010 by The Korean Pediatric Society
Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory tract disease caused by Bordetella pertussis infection. The clinical manifestation of this infection can be severe enough to cause death. Although pertussis has been supposed to be a vaccine-preventable disease ever since the widespread vaccination of children against pertussis was started, since the 1990s, cases of pertussis and related fatalities are on the rise, especially in countries with high vaccination coverage. In Korea, there have been no deaths due to pertussis since 1990, and the vaccination rate continues to be approximately 94%. However, the number of pertussis cases reported to the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention has tended to increase in the 2000s, and in 2009, there was an obvious increase in the number of pertussis cases reported. This review aims to present the latest information about the pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pertussis.
Keywords: Pertussis | Vaccination | Outbreak
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