Whooping cough epidemic worries health experts
Queensland Health says whooping cough has reached epidemic proportions in parts of Queensland.
There have been 147 cases diagnosed in southern Queensland so far this year – up from 119 on the same time last year.
Queensland Health spokeswoman Dr Penny Hutchinson says the serious respiratory infection can have fatal complications for babies.
“We are in a whooping cough epidemic at the moment, which is going now for 18 months [and] which is very difficult to control,” she said.