Increase in pertussis may be due to increased recognition and diagnosisBMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5463 (Published 21 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5463
- Douglas Jenkinson, retired general practitioner1
- 1Keyworth Medical Practice, Nottingham NG12 5JU, UK
I have meticulously studied all cases of whooping cough in my practice since 1977 and I have published many papers on the subject, mainly in the BMJ.
The increase in reported cases coincides with similar increases in the US and Australia.1 A large proportion of this increase is probably the result of better recognition and diagnosis. My data provide good evidence that it never …