what you need to know about the resurgence of whooping cough in France – Regards protestants

what you need to know about the resurgence of whooping cough in France – Regards protestants
what you need to know about the resurgence of whooping cough in France – Regards protestants

Whooping cough is making a comeback in France and cases are increasing. In Montpellier, two infants under three months died from this disease, recalls the Free Midday, Tuesday June 18. Another child had already died following this illness in Nice in April 2024. In a press release published on June 7, Public Health France confirms "a resurgence of whooping cough in the territory since the start of 2024". In fact, more cases were reported during the first five months of the year than during the whole of 2023.

Whooping cough is a bacterial infection that is more contagious than chickenpox and is as contagious as measles. It is transmitted through the air, in the event of contact with a sick person who is coughing. "Infants too young to be vaccinated (under 2 months) are the most affected by severe forms, hospitalizations and also deaths.", explains Public Health France. A total of 46 cases were recorded between January and May 2024, while 41 cases were recorded in 2023 and 45 cases in 2022.

The public agency reminds that vaccination and wearing a mask are essential against whooping cough. The disease can also affect adults and be dangerous for those at risk. These are unvaccinated infants, people with chronic respiratory disease, immunocompromised people and pregnant women. The Regional Health Agency (ARS) indicates that "early and compulsory primary vaccination of infants from the age of 2 months and the administration of iterative boosters are recommended until adulthood". The disease can be reported to the ARS in two situations: in the event of reporting a nosocomial infection, that is to say contracted during a stay in a healthcare establishment, or during grouped cases, at based on two cases, in communities or within a family.

What are the symptoms ?

The Pasteur Institute describes that whooping cough is characterized by three phases. The first is the incubation period, without any symptoms, which can last about two weeks. The second phase of the disease is characterized by a persistent cough. These fits can be accompanied by difficulty breathing and sometimes vomiting. In infants, this cough can result in apnea or a bluish discoloration of the skin during a bout. Finally, the third phase is that of convalescence and can last several weeks. The disease is diagnosed with a PCR test and can be treated with antibiotics.

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