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J Infect Dis 2014 Apr;209(7):982-5

Pertussis pathogenesis--what we know and what we don't know.

Hewlett EL, Burns DL, Cotter PA, Harvill ET, Merkel TJ, Quinn CP, Stibitz ES


Pertussis is a worldwide public health threat. Bordetella pertussis produces multiple virulence factors that have been studied individually, and many have recently been found to have additional biological activities. Nevertheless, how they interact to cause the disease pertussis remains unknown. New animal models, particularly the infection of infant baboons with B. pertussis, are enabling longstanding questions about pertussis pathogenesis to be answered and new ones to be asked. Enhancing our understanding of pathogenesis will enable new approaches to the prevention and control of pertussis.

Category: Journal Article, Editorial
PubMed ID: #24626533 DOI: 10.1093/infdis/jit639
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Biologics
Entry Created: 2013-08-12 Entry Last Modified: 2014-04-19