Pertussis (whooping cough) - epidemic in Western Australia raises concerns

The on-going epidemic of whooping cough in Western Australia has resulted in concern since 1,505 cases have been reported so far in 2012. Most of the cases have occurred in primary school aged children. Mutations in the bacteria that cause whooping cough may be decreasing the protection provided by current vaccines.

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.

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