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A whopping 439 whooping cough cases were recorded last month in Denmark

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A whopping 439 whooping cough cases were recorded last month in Denmark, causing the Statens Serum Institut to announce that it is now an epidemic. This is more than four times the number of cases recorded monthly, which is usually 100. The last time Denmark experienced a whooping cough epidemic was in 2019/20. Caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacteria, whooping cough is best prevented by getting vaccinated. Symptoms often start with a cold and a slight cough before dry and severe coughing fits take place, usually lasting around 10 weeks. Whooping cough can be fatal, especially among babies. 

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