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Seroprevalence of <i>Bordetella pertussis</i> Infection during Pregnancy Measured by IgG Antibodies against Pertussis Toxin

Judith E. Nooitgedagt, Sabine C. de Greeff, Bert H. Elvers, Hester E. de Melker, Daan W. Notermans, Hans van Huisseling and Florens G. A. Versteegh

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 49, issue 7, pages 1086-1089
Published in print October 2009 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2009 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/605575
Seroprevalence of Bordetella pertussis Infection during Pregnancy Measured by IgG Antibodies against Pertussis Toxin

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Bordetella pertussis infection may cause severe illness in newborns. Mothers with B. pertussis infection during delivery can infect newborns. The seroprevalence of B. pertussis infection in pregnancy was measured in pregnant women by detection of immunoglobulin G against pertussis toxin; 6.3% had serological evidence of infection. Maternal vaccination should be considered to prevent pertussis in newborns.

Journal Article.  2152 words.  Illustrated.

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

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