Health authorities alarmed by increased cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in New South Wales, Australia

A total of 2,189 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have been reported in New South Wales this year. The affected municipalities include Hills Shire, Blacktown, Warringah, Lake Macquarie and Sutherland.

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Advice For Travellers

Pertussis cases have increased throughout most of the world due in part to increased virulence and other genetic changes in the circulating strains as well as decreased immunity over time. Outbreaks of 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.