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Volume 8, Number 8—August 2002

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Infantile Pertussis Rediscovered in China

Jingmin Wang*, Yonghong Yang*, Jie Li*, Jussi Mertsola†, Heikki Arvilommi‡, Lin Yuan*, Xuzhuang Shen*, and Qiushui He‡Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Beijing Children’s Hospital, Capital University of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China; †Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland; ‡National Public Health Institute, Turku, Finland;

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Clinical details of six infants with pertussis, China, June 2000–May 2001

Case Age (weeks) and sex Duration of cough at sampling (day) Signs and symptoms Leukocyte count X 109/L
(% lymphocytes) Diagnosis at admission Possible source of infection
1 5 (M) 15 Paroxysmal cough, cyanosis 15.3 (62.5) Bronchopneumonia Mother, father, grandmothera
2 9 (F) 15 Cough without paroxysms 19.8 (57.7) Bronchopneumonia Cousin
3 8 (M) 15 Paroxysmal cough 17.6 (63.5) Bronchitis Not known
4 11 (M) 15 Paroxysmal cough 26.7 (52.0) Pneumonia Mother, father
5 16 (M) 20 Paroxysmal cough, vomiting 14.0 (55.0) Pneumonia Mother, aunt, cousina
6b 10 (M) 5 Paroxysmal cough 27.0 (69.9) Bronchitis Mother, grandmother

aCulture positive for Bordella pertussis.
bPatient was treated in the outpatient department but not hospitalized.

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