More than 1000,<> cases of whooping cough, a highly contagious bacterial infection, have been recorded in Croatia, Tanjug reported.

Despite the rain and cold weather, crowds of coughing line up outside the Croatian Institute of Public Health, where citizens are waiting in line for pertussis testing.

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"We now have over 1000,<> patients in Croatia. The highest incidence is in the Split-Dalmatian region and the city of Zagreb, Sanja Kuretic-Filipovic, an epidemiologist at the Croatian Institute of Public Health, told Hina.

In the last 10 years, there have not been so many cases. The epidemiologist added that after the coronavirus, other diseases have become more frequent, given that people have been effectively spared various respiratory pathogens, including whooping cough, for two or three seasons.

She pointed out that the increase in the number of whooping cough cases has been affected by the decrease in the number of people vaccinated over the past few years.

"So it just leads to the situation we're in now," Kurečić-Filipovic said.

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