Whooping cough (pertussis) increases significantly in Ballarat, Australia

During the month of January, there were already 9 reported cases of whooping cough in the city of Ballarat. In the last three years, there were 38 cases in 2012, 27 in 2013 and 218 in 2014.

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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