Journal Article

A Pertussis Outbreak Associated with Social Isolation among Elderly Nuns in a Convent

Paul L. J. M. Mertens, Gerard J. J. M. Borsboom and Jan Hendrik Richardus

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 44, issue 2, pages 266-268
Published in print January 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/510428
A Pertussis Outbreak Associated with Social Isolation among Elderly Nuns in a Convent

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The pertussis incidence during an outbreak in a convent in The Netherlands in 1992 was higher among 75 retired (unvaccinated) nuns (60%) than among 24 staff members (8%) and was higher among 9 nuns with only a convent career (100%) than among 66 nuns who had a career outside of the convent (55%). The pertussis incidence increased with duration of social isolation but not with age.

Journal Article.  2074 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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