Pertussis (whooping cough) outbreaks continue to be reported in Minnesota

This week, an additional 189 new cases of pertussis were reported by health officials in Minnesota, bringing the total cases for 2012 to more than 3500. Health officials stated that about three-fourths of these cases were in vaccinated individuals, and immunity to the vaccine may be diminishing.

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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