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

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Recent Examples on the Web Protections against pertussis from the childhood vaccine DTap decrease over time, officials said. Steve Schering,, "Elementary student is 10th whooping cough case in Oak Park and River Forest within the past month," 12 Dec. 2019 Although most people recover completely from pertussis, complications from the disease can be severe. Steve Schering,, "Elementary student is 10th whooping cough case in Oak Park and River Forest within the past month," 12 Dec. 2019 Should trends continue, outbreaks of pertussis, tetanus and other diseases that require lower levels of coverage to achieve herd immunity, could be close behind. Lynne Peeples, Scientific American, "Rethinking Herd Immunity," 14 Nov. 2019 This process, designed to limit the spread of a contagious disease like pertussis, for example, is normal work for the health department. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "She's a public health manager. She's waiting for a transplant. So she knows how dangerous coronavirus is.," 20 Mar. 2020 Genital herpes surges all over the country in the spring and summer, whereas tetanus favors midsummer; gonorrhea takes off in the summer and fall, and pertussis has a higher incidence from June through October. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Why do dozens of diseases wax and wane with the seasons—and will COVID-19?," 13 Mar. 2020 According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent pertussis is by getting vaccinated. Steve Schering,, "Whooping cough strikes nine: two more cases in Oak Park schools, first case reported in River Forest District 90," 10 Dec. 2019 Countries with mandatory vaccines had a nearly 4 percentage point higher rate of measles vaccination and over 2 percentage point higher rate of pertussis vaccination. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Healthcare: Alcohol deaths are climbing but proposed reforms are controversial," 13 Jan. 2020 At Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, two new cases of whooping cough — or pertussis — were reported early last week. Staff Report,, "Whooping cough cases reported last week at schools in Lincolnshire, Evanston," 18 Nov. 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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The first known use of pertussis was circa 1772

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21 May 2020

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“Pertussis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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