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Bordetella Pertussis Infection in Infants: A Reemerging Disease

Snapp, Barbara MSN, NNP-BC; Fischetti, Deborah MSN, NNP-BC

Section Editor(s): Heaberlin, Pamela

doi: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e318285f918
Case of the Month

Bordetella pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease currently on the rise in the United States. The most vulnerable age group is infants younger than 1 year old. The reasons for the current outbreak are multifactorial. The following is a case report describing a recent case of Bordetella pertussis infection admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit.

Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC; and Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Correspondence: Barbara Snapp, MSN, NNP-BC, Mary Washington Hospital, 1001 Sam Perry Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 (

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2013 National Association of Neonatal Nurses