Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Parents warned to watch out for whooping cough, Australia

The Health Department has issued a warning to parents about a sharp rise in whooping cough cases in WA.

More than 3,500 cases were reported in 2011; that's more than double last year's figures.

While the acute respiratory infection affects people of all ages, it can be life threatening to children under the age of six months.

Four babies have died of whooping cough in the past four years in Western Australia.

The Health Department is advising people who experience symptoms, including a deep gasp or 'whoop' to see their doctor. Source