Nosocomial acquisition of pertussis diagnosed by polymerase chain reaction

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1997 Oct;18(10):715-6. doi: 10.1086/647519.


Awareness is growing of the role of pertussis infection among adolescents and adults, and of the possibility of nosocomial transmission. However, pertussis remains difficult to diagnose. We report a case of nosocomially acquired pertussis in a healthcare worker, diagnosed by polymerase chain reaction. The high sensitivity and rapid turnaround time for this test is useful to confirm the diagnosis when advising a healthcare worker to refrain from working.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Contact Tracing
  • Cross Infection / diagnosis*
  • Cross Infection / transmission
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Patient Care Team
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction*
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Whooping Cough / diagnosis*
  • Whooping Cough / transmission