Hospital-Acquired Pertussis Among Newborns -- Texas, 2004

Hood, J. L.; Murphey, D. K.; Dunn, J. J.
June 2008
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;6/6/2008, Vol. 57 Issue 22, p600
The article describes an investigation on an outbreak of pertussis among 11 newborns at a general hospital in Texas which had occurred after direct exposure to a health-care worker (HCW) with pertussis. It emphasizes the significance of following suggestions to administer tetanus toxoid and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine to the workers to prevent transmission of the disease to patients. Accordingly, the outbreak highlights the importance of rapid response from hospital and public health practitioners to determine the source.


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