The Junin Regional Health Authority (Diresa) has issued an epidemiological alert for whooping cough. However, this decision was taken not because of the cases in the area, but because of the cases registered in the Ucayali region near Junin, which has so far reported 30 positive cases (80% of people aged 0 to Minors between 11 years of age) and 20% over 18 years of age).
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“We are intensifying surveillance and vaccination operations to address this situation. Community cooperation and commitment to vaccination are crucial,” said Gustavo Llanovarced Damián, head of Diresa.
As epidemiological alerts intensify, surveillance and prevention and control of the disease will be intensified. The head of the department emphasized that the most effective measure to prevent whooping cough is immunization. “We urge people to check their vaccination status and complete the necessary doses, especially in high-risk groups. Frequent hand washing and correct use of masks are also important to prevent transmission.” He also said that there have been no confirmed cases of whooping cough in the Junin region so far this year.
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What is whooping cough?
Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It is spread mainly through respiratory droplets and can affect people of all ages, with children and the elderly being the most susceptible. The initial symptoms may be similar to those of a common cold, but can progress to a severe cough with persistent coughing and difficulty breathing (especially in young children).
The DTPa vaccine protects against this disease and is given at 2, 4, 6, 18 months and 4 years of age. Additionally, this vaccine protects against diphtheria and tetanus.