Absence of Bordetella pertussis Among Infants Hospitalized for Bronchiolitis in Finland, 2008-2010.

In 169 Finnish infants hospitalized for bronchiolitis at age <6 months in 2008-2010, nasopharyngeal aspirates were tested by PCR for Bordetella pertussis and 16 viruses. Respiratory viruses were detected in 89% (71% with RSV), but no infant had B. pertussis. The latter finding may reflect a positive effect from the broadening of the Finnish pertussis vaccination program in 2005.

Authors:Korppi M1, Kivistö J, Koponen P, Lehtinen P, Remes S, Piippo-Savolainen E, Piedra PA, Espinola JA, Camargo CA Jr, Jartti T.
Journal:Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2015