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Epidemiology of pertussis in Slovenia

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
3.08.00  Medical sciences  Public health (occupational safety)   

Code Science Field
B680  Biomedical sciences  Public health, epidemiology 
pertusiss, epidemiology, serosurvey
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Researchers (7)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  02058  Tatjana Berger  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2002 - 2004  245 
2.  03194  PhD Alenka Kraigher  Public health (occupational safety)  Head  2002 - 2004  1,251 
3.  12902  PhD Metka Paragi  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2002 - 2004  167 
4.  20530  Nina Pirnat  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2003 - 2004  84 
5.  21847  MSc Katarina Prosenc Trilar  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2002 - 2004  228 
6.  11329  PhD Maja Sočan  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2002 - 2004  605 
7.  11867  PhD Igor Švab  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2002 - 2004  1,059 
The incidence of pertussis decreased after the induction of vaccination. The whooping cough affects mostly infants who have not been vaccinated yet. Most probably, teenagers and adults represent the reservoir of Bordetella pertussis. The clinical picture of adult pertussis usually lacks typical characteristics of childhood disease and is therefore unrecognized. In our study, 3400 sera of different age group are going to be tested for Bordetella pertussis antibodies. The aim of the serosurvey is to recognize the frequency of infection in different age groups and the difference in antibody levels comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated population. Population-based study will include patients with long-lasting cough in whom detection of Bordetella pertussis nucleinic acids will be attempted from nasopharyngeal swabs. Acute Bordetella pertussis infection will be confirmed also serologically. Collected data will be the basis of possible changes in vaccination programme in our country.
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