Whooping-cough outbreak research

Whooping-cough outbreak research

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Credit: EIS officer from the Ohio Department of Health, LCDR, Loren Rodgers, Ph.D./CDC /SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Whooping-cough outbreak research. Scientist holding up two blood-filled test tubes whilst preparing specimens for serologic testing during an investigation of 918 cases of pertussis (whooping-cough)-like illness in Franklin County, Ohio, USA. This laboratory testing revealed that the outbreak was linked to two bacterial pathogens: Bordetella pertussis, and B. holmesii, with results demonstrating B. holmesii's previously unknown ability to cause outbreaks in otherwise healthy individuals.

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