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Officials raise whooping cough alarm

Norwegians who’ve been coughing a lot lately have been advised to contact their doctors. State public health institute FHI has confirmed an outbreak of whooping cough, and it can be most serious for children.

FHI reported more than 2,000 cases of whooping coughs so far this year, with the numbers rising from 537 in April to 703 in last month. The illness kept spreading in June, after the most cases were reported in Vestfold, Oslo and Trøndelag. Bergen has also reported many cases: “It’s been a long time since we’ve seen such high numbers,” Dr Øyvind Kommedal of the microbiology unit at Haukeland University Hospital told newspaper Bergens Tidende.

There have also been cases of mycoplasma, another serious respiratory ailment more common in adults. “If you’re going around coughing, you should get tested,” Kommedal said, adding that antibiotics can help cure both illnesses. FHI was also advising vaccination and booster shots. Pregnant women are being offered free vaccinations.

NewsinEnglish.no staff

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