'New vaccine needed' as pertussis continues to evolve

Bacteria becoming a superbug, say researchers who have identified novel antigen agents

The need to develop new antigens to improve the pertussis vaccine is “pressing”, as the bacteria continues to evolve into a superbug, Sydney researchers warn.


In the latest in a series of studies, University of NSW microbiologist Dr Laurence Luu (PhD) and colleagues say they have identified novel antigens as potential vaccine targets.

Their most recent study in Vaccine might also help explain the surprise resurgence of pertussis around the world, despite high vaccination rates, Dr Luu says.

"We found the whooping cough