Deadly pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak in Nottingham, England

Health authorities have noted a “large rise in the number of whooping cough cases with the most serious cases being in children too young to be protected by routine vaccinations.” An infant has died from this infection. In 2012, there were 351 reported cases, almost 6 times the number reported in 2011. Travellers are reminded that outbreaks of highly contagious pertussis (whooping cough) can occur anywhere in the world at any time. 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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