Measles outbreaks in the US are the result of choice. To get vaccinated or not. But there’s another vaccine-preventable disease that’s making a global comeback—whooping cough or pertussis.
Since 2011, whooping cough has become the most common cause of hospitalisation and death in infants in the UK. Australia, too, saw a particularly severe epidemic between 2008-10. In 2010-11, California experienced its largest whooping cough outbreak in 50 years. Similarly, the incidence of whooping cough has increased in both Norway and Canada as well.