Number of whooping cough cases highest since 1960s
The number of registered cases of whooping cough in the Czech Republic so far this year is 880, which is the highest number seen in five decades. An epidemiologist from the State Health Institute revealed the figures on Tuesday. Six people have died of whooping cough in the Czech Republic in recent years; two were elderly and two others were infants that had not yet received shots against the illness. Inoculation is compulsory for children.