Impact of polymerase chain reaction on clinical pertussis research: Finnish and Swiss experiences.

@article{He1996ImpactOP,
  title={Impact of polymerase chain reaction on clinical pertussis research: Finnish and Swiss experiences.},
  author={Qiushui He and Gabriela Schmidt-Schl{\"a}pfer and M. Just and Hans Christian Matter and Simo Nikkari and Matti K. Viljanen and Jussi A Mertsola},
  journal={The Journal of infectious diseases},
  year={1996},
  volume={174 6},
  pages={
          1288-95
        }
}
Since April 1993 in Finland and March 1994 in Switzerland, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has been used routinely nationwide for the diagnosis of pertussis. Nasopharyngeal specimens from 3794 patients suspected of having pertussis and 1125 controls were tested. Finnish and Swiss assays found 23% and 36% of clinical specimens positive, respectively. PCR showed a higher incidence of pertussis infection among 1- to 6-year-old children in Switzerland than in Finland (P < .001). This difference may… CONTINUE READING

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