Pertussis Outbreak in a Newborn ICU costs $100,000 to Contain

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In a neonatal intensive care unit in Arizona, five infants and ten health care providers were found to have pertussis during a two month period. The outbreak cost the involved hospital nearly $100,000 in expenses and could likely have been prevented by careful implementation of staff vaccination policies, limitation of symptomatic staff and family members from contact with neonatal patients, and application of established environmental management policies.


Yasmin S et al. Healthcare-Associated Pertussis Outbreak in Arizona: Challenges and Economic Impact, 2011. J Pediatr Infect Dis Soc 3:81–84, 2014.

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