Whooping cough (pertussis) cases continue to increase year by year in Minas Gerais, Brazil

During the past 3 three years, there has been a steady increase in reported cases of whooping cough. In 2011, there were 82 cases; in 2012, the number increased to 300. So far this year there have already been reports of 106 cases. There may be many more unreported cases in the state. 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.

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