Whooping cough (pertussis) is increasing problem in Ohio, USA

The sate of Ohio has experienced a 20 percent increase in the number of reported cases of whooping cough (pertussis). Up to the beginning of November, there were 901 cases reported from various parts of the state. Clark County has had a record 117 confirmed and suspected cases of pertussis since October 1st.

Travellers should be aware that outbreaks of highly contagious 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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