Can an adult contract pertussis?
The first outbreaks of Bordetella Pertussis were described in the 16th century. Bordetella Pertussis was not identified until 1906. There were over 250,000 cases of Bordetella Pertussis per year in the U.S., with up to 9,000 deaths. Bordetella Pertussis was first recognized after an epidemic in Paris in 1578. By 1976, the incidence of Bordetella Pertussis in the U.S. had decreased by 99%. Jules Bordet (1870-1960) along with Octave Gengou discovered Bordetella Pertussis in pure…
First of all, the correct spelling is bordetella pertussis. Secondly, do you mean does it attack animals or humans? It is the bacteria that is responsible for whooping cough (or pertussis), which is a respiratory illness in humans. Humans are the only known hosts for bordetella pertussis, and it does not cross between humans and animals.
Adults and adolescents are the primary reservoir for pertussis. Pertussis is spread by contact with airborne discharges from the mucous membranes of infected people, who are most contagious during the catarrhal stage. Because the symptoms during the catarrhal stage are nonspecific, pertussis is usually not diagnosed until the appearance of the characteristic cough of the paroxysmal stage.