per·​tus·​sis | \ pər-ˈtə-səs \

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Foreign Edition Podcast Foreign Edition Podcast Last November officials in Jilin province found that the Changsheng Biotechnology Co. falsified production data for a diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DPT) vaccine. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "China’s Vaccine Scandal," 27 July 2018 Cases of pertussis have been found throughout the Southwest District Health region, which includes Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette and Washington counties. Rebecca Boone, The Seattle Times, "Whooping cough outbreak worsens in southwestern Idaho," 14 Aug. 2018 Some diseases are highly contagious, such as pertussis -- commonly called whooping cough -- and can spread in a school among children not immunized. Molly Harbarger,, "Oregon rates of non-immunized children continues to rise," 29 May 2018 Since the early 1980s, pertussis cases have steadily risen, but in the past few decades, cases have surged noticeably. Erin Stone, San Francisco Chronicle, "Whooping cough cases on the rise in Alameda County," 14 June 2018 Schools and day care centers usually require proof of such vaccines as TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and others. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Want to prevent your children from getting cancer? Doctors push HPV vaccine," 9 July 2018 In preparation for an outbreak, doctors at the UC Davis Children's Hospital have developed a rapid test for pertussis that is run anytime a doctor orders viral testing for a baby 6 months old or younger. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "A whooping cough 'epidemic ' is looming. Here's how to keep your baby safe. | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Mar. 2018 Oregon requires students receive vaccines that fight off diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis. Molly Harbarger,, "Oregon rates of non-immunized children continues to rise," 29 May 2018 More than 80 percent are up to date on Haemophilus influenzae; diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; and pneumococcal vaccines. NBC News, "Public support for vaccines drops a bit," 21 May 2018

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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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