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Older Adults at Risk for Whooping Cough

Whooping cough among adults 50 or older is much more common than generally thought, and the incidence appears to be rising, a researcher said here.

A mathematical model based on medical practice and laboratory databases suggested that pertussis among adults ages 50 through 64 more than doubled over a 5-year period, according to Cristina Masseria, PhD, of GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines in King of Prussia, Pa.

And among adults 65 and older, the incidence more than tripled from early 2006 through the end of 2012, Masseria said at the annual Interscience Conference on Anti-Microbial Agents and Chemotherapy.

The estimated rates are markedly higher than reported incidence in older adults, Cristina told MedPage Today, and suggest that physicians need to be more aware of the possibility of pertussis in older patients.
 
 

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