Whooping cough (pertussis) cases reach 70 cases in Kansas, USA

In the past few months, there have been 70 reported cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in the state of Kansas. Most of the cases have resided in Reno County, but other cases have occurred in adjacent counties (Kingman, Harvey, McPherson
and Sedgwick counties).

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Advice For Travellers

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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