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Outbreak of whooping cough in Bergen


Several children in kindergartens and schools in Bergen are infected with whooping cough. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Of NTB | 06.05.2024 13:44:28

Education: – What we see is that it is spread all over the city in schools and kindergartens, so it is everywhere now. If it is not that big, it is at least clearly an increase. In some places we have to say there is an outbreak, says Marit Voltersvik, chief infectious disease specialist in Bergen municipality NRK.

They define an outbreak as more than two in the same cohort or group being infected. There have not been that many cases of whooping cough since the pandemic, but the disease is now on its way back, according to Voltersvik.

– It is dangerous for the very little ones, those who have not been vaccinated yet. Or those who are also partially vaccinated, and have not completed the vaccine. It is children under the age of two that we are most concerned about, she says.

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