PERTUSSIS. A Reemerging Infectious Disease Dr Joe Gorvetzian. Pertussis (History). The earliest clear account of whooping cough was described in 1640 by Baillow, an epidemiologist The name ‘pertussis’ means “violent cough”, and was first used to describe the disease in 1679.
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A Reemerging Infectious Disease
Dr Joe Gorvetzian
There are 8 species of bordetella- but B pertussis and B parapertussis cause most human disease (most cause respiratory disease, otitis, sinusitis, but occasional species are associated with wound infections, sepsis, and septic arthritis.
B. bronciseptia is an animal pathogen that causes kennel cough in dogs (and other species can cause disease in other animal hosts (rabbits, swine)