per·​tus·​sis | \ pər-ˈtə-səs How to pronounce pertussis (audio) \

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Burbank Unified registered 11 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, and three cases of chickenpox last year. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "State says Burbank Unified’s kindergartens are ‘safe’ in defending against disease outbreaks," 6 Aug. 2019 Virginia health officials noted that laboratory tests identified a variety of causes of the outbreaks, including pathogens for Legionnaire’s disease, flu, the common cold and pertussis, or whooping cough. Washington Post, "Virginia reports higher-than-usual number of respiratory illnesses," 3 Aug. 2019 In Texas, the state minimum requirement for vaccinations includes: Diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Vaccination rates show a dropoff," 31 July 2019 The tetanus vaccine is considered so vital that 576 million doses containing it (often along with diphtheria and pertussis) were administered from 2006 through 2017 — and 719 injury claims related to it were compensated, the data shows. New York Times, "Vaccine Injury Claims Are Few and Far Between," 18 June 2019 The reports involve different regions of the state and different diseases, including pertussis (whooping cough), influenza, haemophilus influenzae infection, Legionnaire’s disease and pneumonia caused by rhinovirus or human metapneumovirus. USA TODAY, "Titanic auction, Legos, mighty Mississippi: News from around our 50 states," 22 July 2019 In contrast, polio and smallpox historically spread to about 5 to 7 people each, which puts them in the same range as the modern-day HIV virus and pertussis (the bacterium that causes whooping cough). Quanta Magazine, "The Unforgiving Math That Stops Epidemics," 26 Oct. 2017 Universities in Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois and Virginia have had recent mumps outbreaks, and pertussis, or whooping cough, has been increasing for several years. Tara Haelle, Scientific American, "Delaying Vaccines Increases Risks--with No Added Benefits," 2 June 2014 There was virtually no difference between doctors and laypersons in receiving post-cardiac care, or in vaccinations for diptheria/tetanus/pertussis and hepatitis. Michael Hiltzik,, "Doctors aren’t much better at picking the best medical treatments than laypersons," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of pertussis

circa 1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pertussis

New Latin, from Latin per- thoroughly + tussis cough

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