Whooping Cough Outbreak in Greece: 54 Cases Reported, 2 Fatalities

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According to data released by the National Public Health Organisation (EODY), Greece has reported 54 cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, since the beginning of 2024, with children and adolescents comprising a significant portion.

Among the reported cases, 32 are children and adolescents, with 11 of them being infants under the age of one. The outbreak has also resulted in two fatalities, including one adult with underlying health conditions and one newborn.

In response to the escalating outbreak, Alternate Minister of Health Eirini Agapidaki has issued a circular outlining detailed vaccination recommendations for pertussis. The guidance, developed in consultation with the National Vaccination Committee, aims to bolster preventive measures and curb the spread of the highly contagious respiratory infection.

Pertussis poses a significant public health concern due to its high contagiousness and acute nature, with an alarming 80% secondary infection rate among exposed individuals. The transmission primarily occurs through respiratory droplets or direct contact with secretions from infected individuals, highlighting the need for heightened vigilance and adherence to preventive measures within communities.

(Source: Amna)

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