Case of whooping cough diagnosed at Wellington's Brooklyn Primary School

Baby Freda almost died of whooping cough in 2014, aged just five weeks.
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Baby Freda almost died of whooping cough in 2014, aged just five weeks.

A child at a Wellington school has been diagnosed with whooping cough.

Regional Public Health has sent a note to staff and parents at Brooklyn Primary School to let them know a child has the illness, and had been infectious since about June 9.

It said the organisation had been told of several confirmed cases of whooping cough in both adults and children.

Regional Public Health has had several confirmed cases of whooping cough.
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Regional Public Health has had several confirmed cases of whooping cough.

The bacteria were circulating in the community, and could potentially put young babies and small children at risk of the highly infectious disease.

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In children under a year old, the disease could be very serious.

Whooping cough is usually characterised by a cough lasting longer than two weeks, with spasms of coughing ending in vomiting, or difficulty breathing.

Adults can also get whooping cough.

Regional Public Health's advice said anyone with a persistent cough should go to a doctor, and stay at home until it was clear they did not have the disease.

All children should be up to date with immunisations, which were given at six weeks, three months, five months, with boosters at four and 11 years.

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