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Whooping cough is quite common and can be diagnosed clinically

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 10 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:352
  1. Doug Jenkinson, general practitioner principal (
  1. Keyworth Health Centre, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5JU

    EDITOR—Harnden et al, with the help of a recently available blood test, have gone some way to confirm that whooping cough is still about.1 Since 1977, I have, with the help of my practice colleagues, been recording every clinically diagnosable case of whooping cough (based on a minimum of three weeks of paroxysmal coughing). This year so far we have seen six …

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