More than 180 participants from 51 countries convened in September 1988 in Copenhagen, Denmark, to review the current status of pertussis and pertussis vaccines. The conference was hosted by Tokai University of Japan, which operates an educational center in Denmark. Professor Mikio Kimura, in concert with Asst Prof Harumi Kuno Sakai, President Tatsuro Matusmae, and Dean Shogo Sasaki, all from Tokai University, together with Charles Manclark, chief of the Laboratory for Pertussis, Food and Drug Administration, James Cherry, professor of pediatrics at UCLA, and Edward Mortimer, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, constituted the program committee for this Fifth International Symposium on Pertussis.
The conference heard a variety of speakers detail the current status of pertussis in the developed and developing world. In some parts of the world, one child under 5 years of age dies of pertussis every 52 seconds! In contrast, effective immunization