Increase in Pertussis (whooping cough) cases in the UK with 5 infant deaths

During the first 5 months of this year a total 1,781 cases of whooping cough have been reported. Compared to 2010 when a total of 137 cases were reported for the entire year, the number so far this year is a major increase. Five babies have died from this disease.

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, including pertussis, are up-to-date prior to travelling.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Whooping Cough.

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