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More than 6,000 cases of whooping cough in Quebec

More than 6,000 cases of whooping cough in Quebec
More than 6,000 cases of whooping cough in Quebec


The number of cases of whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory infection, has passed 6,000 in the province.

In 2023, there were only 14 total cases of whooping cough in the city of Montreal. This year, there have been about 400 recorded so far.

Health authorities are urging parents to be vigilant to prevent the spread. Deaths related to whooping cough are rare, but most often occur in infants.

Once you have been infected with whooping cough, it takes about seven to ten days for signs and symptoms to appear, although sometimes it can take longer. It can feel like a common cold, with a runny nose, nasal congestion, red, watery eyes, fever, and cough.

Before a vaccine was developed, whooping cough was considered a childhood disease.

So far this year, 41 cases of whooping cough requiring hospitalization have been reported in Quebec. No deaths have been reported.

The Estrie and Chaudière-Appalaches regions are reported to have the most cases in 2024, with 810 and 948 cases to date, respectively.

Experts say it is important for pregnant women and other people who have close contact with a baby to get vaccinated against whooping cough.

In Quebec, there are between 240 and 1,600 cases of whooping cough each year. And it peaks about every four years – the last one was in 2019 with 1,269 cases.

The number of cases reported in 2020 and 2021 was lower (388 and 20 cases respectively), which may be due to the health measures in place in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.