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.”
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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.