Whooping cough sweeps region

A STATEWIDE whooping cough outbreak has wreaked havoc on the region with 230 cases reported in the Wide Bay this year.

Queensland Health has warned people to take extra precautions against the virus, which is especially dangerous to infants.

People aged 45 years and over have been the most affected by the disease, with 102 confirmed cases.

Fifteen- to 44-year-olds were the next most affected, with 50 cases, while the remaining 27 instances affected 10- to 14-year olds.

Anyone with symptoms of whooping cough should see their doctor for diagnosis and treatment, as early treatment of the virus can help prevent the infection from getting worse or spreading. For more information, call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).



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