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This report describes a cluster of linked cases of three adults and one infant in a family, spread across the United Kingdom (UK). The initial follow-up was of a 20-year-old student with clinical symptoms of pertussis. This diagnosis led to the discovery of two other unvaccinated adult family members with symptoms that fit the case definition for pertussis and a laboratory-confirmed tertiary case in an unvaccinated infant who had to be hospitalised. This report aims to act as a reminder for including pertussis as a differential diagnosis in patients with a long duration of respiratory symptoms and highlights the importance of rapidly identifying and managing close contacts of cases. This is key in protecting the most vulnerable - namely, infants - from infection.


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