Reports of pertussis (whooping cough) cases continue to increase across Ireland

The number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases continues to increase this year (almost 400 cases) compared to last year (229 cases). A total of 125 cases required hospitalisation. There have been 2 deaths in infants. 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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