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J Infect Dis 2012 Sep;206(6):902-6

Airborne Transmission of Bordetella pertussis.

Warfel JM, Beren J, Merkel TJ


Pertussis is a contagious, acute respiratory illness caused by the bacterial pathogen Bordetella pertussis. Although it is widely believed that transmission of B. pertussis occurs via aerosolized respiratory droplets, no controlled study has ever documented airborne transmission of pertussis. We set out to determine if airborne transmission occurs between infected and naive animals utilizing the baboon model of pertussis. Our results showed that one hundred percent of exposed naive animals became infected even when physical contact was prevented, demonstrating that pertussis transmission occurs via aerosolized respiratory droplets.

Category: Journal Article
PubMed ID: #22807521 DOI: 10.1093/infdis/jis443
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Biologics
Entry Created: 2012-07-19 Entry Last Modified: 2012-12-10