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Letters Pertussis (whooping cough)

Pertussis (whooping cough) is common in teens and adults

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 09 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1623
  1. Douglas Jenkinson, retired general practitioner
  1. Gotham, UK
  1. dougjenkinson{at}

Gopal and colleagues’ excellent clinical update on pertussis (whooping cough) inadvertently perpetuates the belief that pertussis is a childhood illness.1 Most laboratory confirmed cases in the UK are now in teens and adults, but the symptoms are the same.2 I have studied this …

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