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Photo of the publication cover. Pertussis Epidemiology & Prevention Pink Book Pertussis - Guide June 22, 2012

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is an acute infectious disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. Outbreaks of pertussis were first described in the 16th century, and the organism was first isolated in 1906. In the 20th century, pertussis was one of the most common childhood diseases and a major cause of childhood mortality in the United States.