Whooping cough epidemic: two babies died at Rouen University Hospital

Whooping cough epidemic: two babies died at Rouen University Hospital
Whooping cough epidemic: two babies died at Rouen University Hospital

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Jul 10, 2024 at 11:08 AM

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« There is one new case per day. » The Rouen University Hospital is sounding the alarm. And for good reason, between June and July 2024, Two babies died of whooping cough. A respiratory illness that can be very serious for infants.

This is information from France Blue what 76- is able to confirm. Contacted, the Rouen University Hospital confirms that two babies are indeed died in hospital wards these last days of whooping cough.

“It’s completely unusual”

“There is real concern. This is completely unusual,” the CHU told 76-. “There is one case per day,” he adds. Since the beginning of 2024, Health Insurance had also warned of an unprecedented increase in cases of whooping cough in France.

This is a real epidemic of this respiratory disease that is spreading throughout the national territory. It affects especially babiespregnant women and vulnerable people. “People need to think vaccination to avoid tragedies. Whooping cough is a very dangerous bacterial infection,” says the CHU.

A respiratory disease

Indeed, a vaccine exists and is the most effective bulwark against the disease. “There should be no cases of whooping cough,” the hospital laments. “We must get vaccinated to protect others.”

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“Whooping cough is a respiratory disease caused by bacteria. It is transmitted very easily, by air.. It is responsible for frequent and prolonged coughing fits,” specifies Health Insurance. The incubation period without symptoms is generally around ten days.

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