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Whooping cough outbreak spreads to very young babies


www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that the outbreak of whooping cough in England and Wales has spread to very young babies who are most at risk of severe complications and death, the Health Protection Agency has warned. 

28-07-2012

There were another 675 cases in June bringing the total to 2,466 for 2012 so far.

At this stage last year there had only been 311 cases.

Increased levels of whooping cough have also been reported in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The main symptoms are severe coughing fits which are accompanied by a "whoop" sound as children gasp for breath.

Surges in the number of whooping-cough cases are seen every three to four years. This latest outbreak began at the end of 2011.

With thanks to www.bbc.co.uk
 
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19013016





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