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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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VON SPECHT, Martha et al. Whooping cough: clinical and epidemiological characteristics of 20 confirmed cases of the Paediatric Hospital of Misiones province. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2009, vol.107, n.5, pp.449-452. ISSN 0325-0075.

Pertussis or whooping cough is a respiratory disease that has emerged in recent years in several countries including Argentina. The aim is to retrospectively describe clinical and epidemiological characteristics of 20 patients in the Pediatric Hospital of Misiones with confirmed diagnosis of whooping cough, according to criteria set by WHO and CDC, during the years 2005 and 2006. The median age was 4 months, 13 were male (65%). Fourteen patients (70%) were younger than 6 months and 9 (45%) younger than 3 months. All had cough (average duration of 7.6 days), 5 (25%) paroxysmal cough and 1 (5%) apnea and cyanosis. Two children died. Sixteen (80%) had not the three doses of vaccine quadruple, 7 children (35%) were younger than 3 months and had no dose. The disease remains a public health problem affecting not only children but also adults.

Keywords : Whooping cough; Molecular diagnosis; Pediatrics.

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