PARENTS are again being urged to ensure their children are protected from life-threatening viruses, with a whooping cough alert issued for Brisbane.
Queensland Health has confirmed a recent spike in reported cases, with newborns the most at risk.
Ten children under five have caught the highly contagious infection in the past six weeks, which is more than double the number of cases over the same period last year.
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The QHealth website describes whooping cough (also known as pertussis) as a potentially fatal respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.
“For babies and young children, whooping cough can be life threatening. Complications of whooping cough in babies include pneumonia, fits and brain damage from prolonged lack of oxygen,” the website explains.
“Most hospitalisations and deaths occur in babies less than six months of age.”
Vaccinations are available for infants from the age of six weeks old.
Adults in regular contact with small children are also urged to ensure their vaccinations are up to date.