Whooping cough (pertussis) outbreak in Kansas, USA, causes infant death

There have been 27 cases of whooping cough in Barton County this year. This outbreak started in December last year when an infant died from whooping cough.

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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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