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Volume 6, Number 5—October 2000

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Pertussis Infection in Fully Vaccinated Children in Day-Care Centers, Israel

Isaac Srugo*Comments to Author , Daniel Benilevi*, Ralph Madeb*, Sara Shapiro†, Tamy Shohat‡, Eli Somekh§, Yossi Rimmar*, Vladimir Gershtein†, Rosa Gershtein*, Esther Marva¶, and Nitza Lahat†
Author affiliations: *Department of Clinical Microbiology, Bnai Zion Medical Center, Haifa, Israel; †Serology Laboratory, Carmel Medical Center, Haifa, Israel; ‡Israel Center for Disease Control, Tel Aviv, Israel; §Wolfson Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel; ¶Public Health Laboratories, Jerusalem, Israel

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Clinical and laboratory profiles of children positive for Bordetella pertussis by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in Israel

Day-Care Center PCR + IgM + IgA + Culture + Clinical Pertussis a
Ages 2-3
Child 1 Yes Yes No No Yes
Ages 5-6
Child 2 Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Child 3 Yes Yes Yes No No b
Child 4 Yes Yes Yes No No b
Child 5 Yes Yes Yes No No b

a Paroxysmal cough > 3 weeks; modified World Health Organization case definition (1).
b Nonspecific cough during 4 weeks of follow-up.
Ig = Immunoglobulin

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