The WHO has reported that the whooping cough outbreak is still on-going in the locality of El Sareif in
WHO provided technical and operational support to a rapid response team from the Epidemiology Department of the State Ministry of Health. The team is conducting an active search for cases. Coordination with the Expanded Programme on Immunisation is underway to revise the vaccination coverage in the area.
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The morbidity and mortality of pertussis is age-related. The major at-risk cohort are unimmunized infants less than 12 months, especially under 6 months.
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