Marked increase in whooping cough (pertussis) in Spain this year

So far this year, there have been 4,822 new cases of whooping cough (pertussis), far more than all of last year.

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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.

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