Whooping cough (pertussis) alert in Northern Territory, Australia

Health authorities have issued a health alert notice due to a major increase in the number of cases of whooping cough (pertussis). Most of the 165 cases this year have occurred in the Palmerston and Darwin areas.

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Advice For Travellers

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 and their current immune status for pertussis are up-to-date prior to travelling.