oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis : ancient diseases in modern times : review

Volume 77, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Vaccination is widely considered one of the greatest medical achievements of modern civilisation. Yet, despite this life-saving innovation, ancient diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis still exist in the 21st century. In this article we review the historical facts, microbiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis in South Africa.

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