Senior doctors at Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals warn about whooping cough increase
8:20am Monday 23rd April 2012 in News
An increase in whooping cough has prompted a warning from doctors.
In south west London, 28 cases of whooping cough have already been confirmed this year compared to just two cases in the same period last year.
Senior doctors at Epsom, Sutton and St Helier hospitals are asking people to be aware of the symptoms and to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up-to-date.
Whooping cough is a highly contagious infection of the lungs.
Symptoms include intense coughing fits followed by a sudden drawing-in of breath that makes the characteristic whooping sound.
It is most common in children under five and babies younger than four months are at the greatest risk.
It can lead to pneumonia, seizures and, in very rare circumstances, it can prove fatal.
Dr John Clark a consultant microbiologist and the Trust’s lead doctor for infection prevention and control urged anyone showing symptoms to book an appointment with their GP.
For more information about whooping cough, visit nhs.uk.
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