Whooping cough (pertussis) cases and deaths increase in Spain

The National Epidemiology Center has noted a significant increase in the number of whooping cough (pertussis) cases nationwide. The cumulative total for this year has reached 6,816, with 4 deaths all of whom were young infants. This total is almost triple the number for the same period in the previous 5 years.

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Pertussis cases have increased throughout most of the world due in part to increased virulence and other genetic changes in the circulating strains as well as decreased immunity over time. Outbreaks of 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.

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