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Infant pertussis: Early white blood cell counts crucial

from Medscape Medical News

Early serial monitoring of white blood cell counts is crucial for determining the prognosis of infants with pertussis, according to a retrospective study published online in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Erin L. Murray, Ph.D., from the California Department of Public Health, Richmond, and colleagues found that infants 90 days old or younger with severe Bordatella pertussis infection leading to pulmonary hypertension or death had high and rapidly rising WBC counts compared with their less-ill counterparts. more

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