Whooping Cough Outbreak Declared Over Across Southern Alberta

Pertussis disease activity in the South Zone of Alberta Health Services has decreased to such an extent as to no longer represent an outbreak situation.

A whooping cough outbreak which was announced six month ago has now been declared over across southern Alberta. Alberta Health Services says pertussis disease activity in the South Zone has decreased to such an extent, there is no longer a need for an outbreak situation. From the onset of the outbreak in June, 441 cases of whooping cough were confirmed, the overwhelming majority of them (388) connected to the outbreak. Health officials are stressing the importance of routine childhood immunizations and remind people that in Alberta, the pertussis vaccine is offered free of charge. Standard pertussis surveillance and follow-up work undertaken by AHS will continue across all Zones, and the importance of routine childhood immunizations – including protecting against pertussis - continues to be stressed. Pertussis continues to occur with frequency in unimmunized populations in South Zone and other parts of Alberta - Pat Siedlecki

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