Baby dies from whooping cough (pertussis) in California, USA

A 2 month old infant has died from whooping cough (pertussis) in Riverside County. This is the first death due to whooping cough in California since 2010. Outbreaks of highly contagious pertussis (whooping cough) can occur anywhere in the world at anytime. Travellers can reduce their risk of exposure to this disease by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations and their current immune status for pertussis are up-to-date prior to travelling.

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