Multiple outbreaks of whooping cough (pertussis) in USA

Cases and outbreaks of whooping cough (pertussis) are being reported by the following states and counties and territories:

  • Nebraska - 215 cases statewide in January

  • Kansas (Barton County) - 1 infant died

  • Washington State (Kitsap County) - 19 cases in January

  • Michigan (Kent County)

  • Guam - 2 infants infected

  • 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.

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

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