Whooping cough is transmitted by bacteria. A vaccination can prevent an infection. But since a growing number of people don't get vaccinations, the number of infections is rising in Germany. For small children, whooping cough can be deadly.
In perfect shape one day, flu-like symptoms the next - followed by paralysis in an extremely short time. These are signs of a dangerous autoimmune disease. Patients need specialized medical care immediately.
The WHO has diagnosed more than 3,000 cases of the life-threatening disease in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Most patients are children.
Germany's vaccination rate for the highly contagious measles virus falls well below WHO targets. Authorities are calling for people to stay up to date with their vaccinations.
A young boy has died of anthrax in northern Russia, marking the first outbreak of the disease since World War II. A group of reindeer herders has also been infected with the bacteria in the remote region, officials say.
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