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Number of whooping cough cases on the rise

  1. The number of cases of whooping cough is steadily increasing. In the past month, some 750 pertussis patients reported to their doctors, more than twice as many as at this time last year. This is evident from data from the RIVM.

  1. According to a spokesman for the RIVM, the situation this year is still far from comparable to the peak in reports in 2012, when there was an epidemic. At the peak of that year, nearly 2,000 pertussis patients reported to the doctor in a month. Whooping cough has been more common since 1996, peaking every two to three years.

Dangerous for babies

  1. Whooping cough, which is accompanied by a persistent cough, is dangerous for newborn babies who have not yet been vaccinated against the disease. They can die from it. The number of whooping cough cases is highest in the regions of West Brabant, Utrecht and Twente.

No measures yet

  1. The increase in the number of whooping cough cases does not lead to any measures. In Belgium, for example, all pregnant women are vaccinated against whooping cough, but this is not yet the case in the Netherlands.

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