Whooping cough (pertussis) in Sydney, Australia

There have been more than 150 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) reported in Sydney so far this year. The most affected areas around Sydney include Canterbury, Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt. In New South Wales, the number of cases (2,369 cases) of is double the number reported last year.

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Advice For Travellers

The increase in pertussis cases in many areas around the world is due to many factors, including the natural variation in transmission over years, the waning immunity over time produced by the currently used vaccine, the presence of strains of the bacteria that resist the current vaccine, and the presence of non-vaccinated children. 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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