Pertussis outbreak spreads through the Baffin region in Canada

Four new communities in the Baffin region are seeing the outbreak of pertussis that has spread from Nunavut. Iqaluit has reported 29 infected people, and cases have increased to 13 in Pond Inlet, as well as infected people in Hall Beach and Cape Dorset.

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Travellers are reminded that outbreaks of highly contagious 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.