Whooping cough warning after two cases at Gold Coast school

A WHOOPING cough alert has been issued for a Gold Coast school after two children were diagnosed with the highly contagious respiratory infection.

The Gold Coast Health Unit released a statement to parents and staff of Broadbeach State School this week, notifying them of the recent outbreak.

They urged parents to make sure that their children’s vaccinations are up to date and advised students and staff recently diagnosed with whooping cough to be “excluded from the school until they have received either 5 days or a 7 day course of appropriate antibiotics or excluded for 21 days from the onset of coughing.”


Whooping cough, also known as Pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can be life threatening for babies and young children.

It’s caused by the bacterium Bordetella Pertussis and is spread by coughing, sneezing, kissing and skin-to skin contact.

The infection usually begins with cold-like symptoms including a runny nose, watery eyes and fever, however quickly develops into a dry cough that sounds like a “whoop” and can cause vomiting.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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Were the children in question vaccinated or unvaxxed?