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New test may help determine which infants are most likely to die from whooping cough
New test may help determine which infants are most likely to die from whooping cough

(January 11, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From California - Researchers have found a way to determine which infants are at highest risk of death from whooping cough, according to a report published in the Journal of Pediatric Infections Diseases Society. Researchers retrospectively examined medical records of 31 pertussis patients from 5 intensive different intensive care units. They found that infants who had more severe disease had higher white blood cell counts--at least a 50% increase--than infants without severe disease. As such, researchers believe that taking early and repeated WBC counts can help determine the severity of the infant's infection.

 
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