An increase in cases of pertussis (whooping cough) reported in Guam

Public health officials in Guam are reminding parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against whooping cough, or pertussis, due to a rise in cases of the disease. Out of 124 cases of suspect pertussis reported this year, 48 have been confirmed cases, 35 were classified as probable cases that meet the clinical case definition for pertussis, four remain suspect cases, and 37 were determined not to be pertussis. A 6-week old infant was reported to have died from pertussis last month.

Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease of the respiratory tract. Travellers to this region should be aware of the risk of exposure to whooping cough (pertussis) and ensure that their childhood vaccinations are up-to-date.

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