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Title: Which patients with suspected exposure to pertussis should receive prophylaxis?
Author: Elliott, Marguerite; Couchene, Elizabeth; Luft, Diane Davis
Keywords: antibiotics
high-risk individuals
infants
Date: 2007-05
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 56(5) 2007: 399-400.
Abstract: Only high-risk close contacts of known cases should receive prophylactic antibiotics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC defines high-risk as (1) infants who are <12 months, (2) those especially vulnerable to the complications of pertussis, or (3) those, such as health care workers, in close contact with high-risk individuals (strength of recommendation [SOR]: C, based on consensus/expert opinion). Evidence is insufficient to support a benefit of prophylactic antibiotic treatment for all household pertussis contacts to prevent the development or spread of illness (SOR: B, based on a systematic review of studies).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/3687

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