Pertussis toxin inhibits neutrophil recruitment to delay antibody-mediated clearance of Bordetella pertussis.

Whooping cough is considered a childhood disease, although there is growing evidence that children are infected by adult carriers. Additionally, increasing numbers of vaccinated adults are being diagnosed with Bordetella pertussis disease. Thus it is critical to understand how B. pertussis remains endemic even in highly vaccinated or immune populations… (More)