Whooping Cough

Whooping cough, otherwise known as pertussis, after the causative bacillus Bordetella pertussis, is an acute infectious disease of childhood. Affecting the respiratory tract, it is characterized by paroxysms of coughing, culminating in the prolonged inspiration which gives the disease its name. Before the present century, the popular name was generally spelled without the initial "w," and did not come into general use until the end of the eighteenth century. Until the early nineteenth century, the commonest appellation was chincough. The term pertussis was first used by Thomas Sydenham in the latter part of the seventeenth century.

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