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Whooping cough outbreak in North Darfur

October 14 - 2015 EL SAREIF BENI HUSSEIN
Boy under blankets at the Unamid safe zone in Um Baru locality, North Darfur, in January 2015 (Unamid)
Boy under blankets at the Unamid safe zone in Um Baru locality, North Darfur, in January 2015 (Unamid)

The State Ministry of Health in North Darfur has reported the outbreak of whooping cough in El Sareif Beni Hussein locality in early September. As of 7 October, 323 suspected cases of the highly contagious disease were reported in the locality.

Preparations are underway to conduct a vaccination campaign for children under five in the locality, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan reported in its latest news bulletin.

In mid-September, the Health Ministry sent an investigation team to El Sareif Beni Hussein. The team collected 13 samples that were sent to the National Public Health laboratory for analysis, four of which tested positive for whooping cough.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease of the respiratory tract. It occurs mainly in infants and young children, and is easily transmitted from person to person, mainly through airborne droplets.

A whooping cough outbreak was reported in El Sareif Beni Hussein in November 2013. At least two people died from the disease.

(Source: OCHA)


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