Slovakia reports more cases of pertussis and syphilis

THE NUMBER of pertussis and syphilis cases is on the rise, similar to the number of deaths caused by drinking too much alcohol.

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This stems from the report on the health of the Slovak population approved by the government at its October 6 session.

The doctors reported to hygienists more than 1,100 cases of pertussis last year, which is 23 percent more than in 2013. The highest number of patients was in Trenčín and Nitra regions, the SITA newswire reported.

The disease is on the rise since 2008 and appears also in patients who have been vaccinated. The highest number of patients with pertussis was reported in 2010. Since 2008, more cases have been reported of adolescents and adults.

Since the main reason was that they lacked the antibody, which they received when being vaccinated as babies, the re-vaccination of 13-year-olds against pertussis was introduced in 2010, SITA reported.

Regarding syphilis, doctors diagnosed about 370 patients with it, including babies and children younger than 15. Compared to 2013, the number increased by more than 23 percent, rising the most in Bratislava and Košice regions.

In addition, the number of deaths caused by excessive alcohol consumption increased by more than 60 percent. While in 2011 about 15 people per 100,000 died, in 2014 it was 24 people per 100,000, SITA wrote.

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