Whooping cough cases increasing in North America


Whooping cough is on the rise in the U.S., Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and New Brunswick. There have already been 18,000 reported cases of it in the U.S., nine of which were fatal, says the Toronto Star.

In Canada, we’ve had 1,785 cases—New Brunswick’s count alone is 1,057. An Alberta infant died from the disease. Ontario has 240 cases, nine of which led to hospitalization.

Though the vaccine for whooping cough is publicly funded in Ontario, some are choosing not to be vaccinated, or aren’t sufficiently protected from the virus. Vaccines don’t last forever.

“The outbreak we’ve been having has occurred in persons who either are unimmunized or under-immunized,” said Arlene King, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.

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Whooping cough cases increasing in North America

  1. Whooping cough is caused by bacterium Bordetella Pertussis…not a virus. For 15 years in Canada we have been vaccinating against whooping cough using an acellular pertussis vaccine. It has fewer side effects than the old whole cell vaccine but is not as effective long term as that vaccine. This compounded with people’s refusal to have their children vaccinated has led to an outbreak of disease among older people who pass it onto unvaccinated infants. Infants unfortunately are at risk for complications and death related to whooping cough. The strange thing is that the original fears about vaccine were centred around the MMR (measles mumps rubella) and its supposed link to autism. Yet now people are targetting all vaccines with misinformation and fear-mongering campaigns.

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