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Whooping Cough Making a Comeback, Outbreaks Reported in Australia and the US

“Victoria is in the grip of a whooping cough epidemic.

Doctors have reported an alarming surge in the number of people being infected.

Figures from the Victorian Department of Health show the number of Victorian’s diagnosed with whooping cough is steadily on the rise.

In 2008, 1375 people contracted the condition.

In 2009, nearly 4000 were diagnosed.

So far this year almost 8000 have been infected.

The figures also show the young are the most vulnerable, with babies making up 45.2 per cent of all hospitalisation.

‘When you have whooping cough in that many number of people, babies are very vulnerable to catching the infection,’ said one Victorian doctor.” Source – Sky News.

‘Whooping cough vaccine wears off’ – “A WHOOPING cough outbreak on the North Coast has led to a renewed call for vaccinations from health authorities. The director of public health for the northern NSW and Mid North Coast local health districts, Paul Corben, said a 50% rise in reported cases between Tweed Heads and Port Macquarie this year has concerned health workers. ‘We do sometimes see periodic surges on the number of cases as the protection you get from either having the vaccination or the disease wears off over time,’ he said.” Read more.

Whooping Cough Outbreak Spreads On Long Island; More Than 200 Cases Reported – “An alarming rise in a potentially fatal bacterial infection known as whooping cough has prompted a warning from the Suffolk County Health Department. It’s a tell-tale sign winter is coming — children and their colds. But what’s going around this year is a potentially fatal bacterial cough known as pertussis or whooping cough, reports CBS 2’s Emily Smith. It’s a chronic cough, almost a barking sound, that can last more than three months, and it is spread easily through droplets… ‘That’s kind of scary. I wonder what’s going on, why this outbreak started. What’s going on?’ one resident asked.” Read more.

Montana: Whooping cough outbreak emphasizes need for vaccinations – “While there are no confirmed cases of whooping cough in Pondera County, an outbreak of pertussis in Gallatin County has health officials encouraging Montanans to be up-to-date with vaccinations. There are 127 confirmed cases, year-to-date, reported in Montana with Gallatin having 41. The last 24 cases there came in the last two weeks and is a public health threat that could spread beyond Gallatin. Cynthia Grubb, RN, CLC of the Pondera County Health Department (PCHD) tells the I-O, ‘We have a DTaP vaccine for pertussis which is the one people need to take. DTaP covers three diseases in one shot, diphtheria and pertussis. ‘All children cover two months of age, parent, family members and caregivers of infants, should be vaccinated against pertussis,’ she says.” Read more.

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