mainly affects infants and young children; caused by a bacterium, it is characterized by paroxysms of coughing that end with the characteristic whoop as air is inhaled. Pertussis caused thousands of deaths in the 1930s and 1940s, but with the advent of a vaccine, the rate of death has declined dramatically.
Also known as whooping cough. Can cause coughing and choking that makes it hard to breathe. The cough can last for many weeks and result in brain damage or death, especially in infants under 1 year of age. (pink book chapter on pertussis) (view photo)
Also known as whooping cough, a highly contagious acute bacterial disease caused by Bordetella pertussis, which affects the respiratory tract, sometimes causing the infected person to gasp for air between coughing spells with a characteristic "whooping" sound.
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis; a similar, milder disease is caused by B. parapertussis. Worldwide, there are 30–50 million pertussis cases and about 300,000 deaths per year (World Health Organization data). Despite generally high coverage with DTP and DTaP, pertussis is one of the leading causes of vaccine-preventable deaths world-wide.