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07 May 2012 08:12
An outbreak of whooping cough has been recorded in the Canadian province of New Brunswick
Holidaymakers who are already under the weather might want to purchase
pre-existing medical travel insurance if they're heading to the Canadian province of New Brunswick in the near future.
The city is the location of a whooping cough outbreak so tourists and residents alike are advised to take precautions.
Some 370 whooping cough cases have been diagnosed in the region so far this year. In normal circumstances, only 40 are diagnosed each year.
Dr Eilish Cleary, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health, said: "We tend to see outbreaks of this disease in cycles. We have been anticipating that we would get an outbreak of pertussis here in New Brunswick because it's a number of years since we saw the last outbreak."
Dr Cleary revealed the outbreak is localised to Moncton and Saint John, with more than 200 cases reported in Moncton alone.
She added: "We have seen a slight increase a little bit more recently in Fredericton and up north as well, but not at the degree that we have seen in those other areas."
Whooping cough leads to a dry cough in adults, but can be fatal for babies and small children.
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