UK Health Officials Warn of Highly Contagious "100-Day Cough"

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UK Health Officials Warn of Highly Contagious “100-Day Cough”

| Updated: December 13, 2023 18:13

"100-Day Cough" in UK

Health experts in the UK have issued a warning about a highly contagious disease known as “100-day cough” that’s rapidly spreading across the country. The bacterial infection, experiencing a surge of 250% in cases, begins with symptoms resembling a cold but can progress to prolonged and intense coughing bouts lasting up to three months.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said that between July and November, there were 716 reported cases of pertussis, a bacterial infection of the lungs, which is three times higher than the same period in 2022.

Dr. Gayatri Amirthalingam, Deputy Director of Public Health Programmes at the agency, told The Independent that the number of infections had decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic due to social distancing and lockdown policies, but is now on the rise again.

Here’s what you need to know about “100-day cough”:

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious lung and airway infection caused by the Bordetella

In the early stages, it resembles a common cold with runny nose, sneezing, and a mild cough. However, it can progress to prolonged and severe coughing fits that can last for weeks or even months, hence the nickname “100-day cough.”

While it can affect anyone, babies and young children are particularly vulnerable due to their weaker immune systems.

The intense coughing can lead to complications such as vomiting, sore ribs, middle ear infections, and even urinary incontinence.

Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent whooping cough. The NHS offers a free vaccination program for babies, children, and adults.

The UKHSA is urging people to be aware of the symptoms of “100-day cough” and to seek medical attention if they experience them. They also stress the importance of getting vaccinated to protect themselves and others from this potentially serious illness.

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