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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)


Immunity, evolution, transmission and vaccination: The four horseman of increasing Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) incidence in the United States

Glen Otero
Harvard School of Public Health

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis and is the most frequently reported bacterial vaccine-preventable disease in the United States. Despite a widely available vaccine, pertussis notifications in the United States have been increasing since the 1980s. Dr. Otero will discuss the genomics and modeling methods used to investigate the increased transmission and evolution of pertussis.

Host: Alan Perelson