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Largest outbreak of whooping cough in over ten years

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Most people who get the disease are in the age group 7–14 years, followed by the age groups 1–6 years and 15–19 years, according to FHI. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB

Of NTB | 07.06.2024 15:13:03

Medicine and health: A total of 2,102 people infected with whooping cough have been reported in 2024. And the number who become infected is still increasing. 703 cases were detected in May, compared to 537 in April.

– Whooping cough is most serious in the very smallest. Among the youngest, the number of reports of whooping cough is still low, which may indicate that preventive measures are being followed, says senior physician and head of the child vaccination program Margrethe Greve-Isdahl at FHI.

Of all the cases reported in 2024, 27 are in the age group under 1 year. Most people who get the disease are in the age group 7–14 years, followed by the age groups 1–6 years and 15–19 years, according to FHI.

Most of the cases are in Vestfold, Oslo and Trøndelag. The number of confirmed cases of whooping cough in May is the highest since January 2012.

Greve-Isdahl highlights the new offer of pertussis vaccine for pregnant women as an effective preventive measure to prevent serious illness in infants.

FHI emphasizes that it is difficult to compare the situation with previous outbreaks because there may be higher testing activity now compared to previously.

* Follow the recommendations on vaccines in the children’s vaccination programme, and the new offer of pertussis vaccine for pregnant women

* Remember to take a refresher dose every 10 years

* Whooping cough is similar to other colds in the first week, before the strong cough starts. A strong cough may be whooping cough, and contact with a doctor must be considered.

* When pertussis is detected, antibiotic treatment started during the first 3 weeks can mitigate and shorten the course of the disease. It applies to people of all ages.

* Families with infants should limit visits from people with cold symptoms

* Have a low threshold for seeing a doctor in the event of illness in infants under 3 months of age

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