new recommendations for treating and preventing pertussis

A steady rise in whooping cough is prompting new recommendations for treating and preventing pertussis.

Cases are up 25-fold in the last 3 decades...from about 1,000 in 1975 to over 25,000 cases in 2004.

Treatment. Recommend azithromycin for 5 days... clarithromycin for 7 days...or erythromycin for 14 days.

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