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.
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.
The WHO's 2016 World Immunization Week promotes vaccines as the most successful, safe and cost-effective way to stop deaths from preventable diseases. Millions of people worldwide lack the most routine immunizations.
Some 8,057 suspected meningitis cases - most of them children - have been reported since the disease surfaced in December. More than 250 have died in just over a week, taking the total to 745.
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