Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Doctor Says Whooping Cough Outbreak in Manitoba Due to Unvaccinated Infants

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Doctor Says Whooping Cough Outbreak in Manitoba Due to Unvaccinated Infants

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Doctor says whooping cough outbreak in Manitoba

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STEINBACH, Man. - A medical officer of health says there is a whooping cough outbreak among unvaccinated babies in southern Manitoba.

Dr. Michael Routledge says there were 10 reported cases of whooping cough in the Steinbach area in December.

He says in almost all the cases, the babies hadn't received the vaccine for whooping cough.

Routledge, who is the medical officer for Southern Health-Sante Sud health region, says between 2010 and 2014, the number of cases in the southern region for each year was around 10 to 15.

He said the spike in whooping cough in the southern region started two years ago, with around 50 cases being reported in 2015 and 42 in 2016.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection, where symptoms initially resemble a mild cold, progressing to severe periods of coughing that can last for weeks. …

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