Whooping cough has been confirmed in 5,300 people. Easter slowed down the spread

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“The number of deaths from pertussis did not increase over the past calendar week, and thus remains at the number of two patients from the previous weeks,” assured Štěpánka Čechová, spokeswoman for the State Health Institute (SZÚ).

A 62-year-old man from Náchodsk died of whooping cough this year, but the cause of his death was different, he was a polymorbid patient. An eighty-four-year-old woman from Chrudim, who had bilateral pneumonia at the same time, also died.

Around 140 people needed hospitalization since the beginning of the year. According to earlier information, it was mainly the elderly with other diseases and the smallest children.

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85 cases of infection have already been confirmed this year among infants under one year of age, who are not fully vaccinated and are therefore most at risk of a severe course. The majority of patients are still among teenagers aged 15 to 19.

Over the last week, 1,044 cases of whooping cough have been added, while 1,151 cases were reported a week earlier. According to the institute, the Easter holiday is probably behind the slowdown. On Thursday and Friday, when it was a public holiday, there were no school lessons and the children were at home.

Director of the SZÚ Barbora Macková has previously emphasized that the increase in infected people is due to weaker immunity after the two-year covid pandemic. According to her, the spread of the disease should continue to slow down with the onset of warmer weather.

Hygienists from the South Bohemian and Central Bohemian regions still report the highest number of patients. It is followed by Prague and Vysočina. The Olomouc and Karlovy Vary Regions are in the best position.

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