Whooping cough still on Coast

WE'RE in the midst of a whooping cough epidemic - but it is slowing down.

Still, North Coast Area Health Service director of Public Health, Paul Corben, said it was much too early to say it was going away.

““It seems to have peaked in January, but you have to remember that we're coming down from a very high peak,” he said. “We're still 8 to 10 times the five-year average of cases.

"In the Coffs/Clarence area alone there have been more than 200 cases, and they are still rolling in. This is a fatal disease, particularly in young babies and people need to remember that.”

For more information on whooping cough or for a fact sheet, visit www.ncahs.nsw.gov.au.



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