South Africa: Pertussis cases up, more than half in Western Cape Province


by NewsDesk Laugh

South Africa’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has reported an increase in pertussis cases among children younger than five years of age, particularly among children younger than three months old. The current increases have been reported mostly in the Western Cape.


From January to November 2022, 408 cases of whooping cough were reported to the National Center for Sports Medicine of which 374/408 (91.7%) were reported since July 2022. More than half of the cases, 56.4% (230/408) were reported. , from the Western Cape province. The majority of 67.2% (274/408) of the cases reported were reported in
Children under 5 years of age, of which 69.7% (191/274) were children under 3 months of age.

Pertussis, commonly known as “whooping cough,” is a vaccine-preventable disease Bordetella pertussis It is a notifiable medical condition (NMC). Immunity after vaccination lasts for about 5-6 years. Episodic increases in pertussis cases in vaccinated groups occur every 3-5 years. Completion of the Primary Childhood Series (DTaP) and boosters is important for prevention.

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