Death of Two Babies Was Preventable: GP
An outbreak of whooping cough has recently claimed the life of one baby in New South Wales.
According to the New South Wales Health, the number of cases of whooping cough has more than doubled in the last year, rising from 2,033 in 2010 to 4,580 so far this year.
The North Shore has been hit particularly hard with nearly 700 reported cases in Northern Sydney this year alone.
Whooping cough is a disease to which infants and young children are particularly vulnerable. The disease often begins with symptoms similar to a cold, but a violent cough usually develops, which can be particularly dangerous to infants and young children.
According to North Coast Director of Public Health Paul Corben, these early statistics paint an even more worrying picture for the remainder of the year.
The spread of the disease has been effectively combated previously through a combination of early treatment and vaccinations.
However, in recent years, enough people in the community have chosen to ignore health authorities and decided not to vaccinate their children and themselves. Many doctors attribute the fall in vaccinations as a contributor to the recent outbreak.
According to Mosman General Practioner Dr. Penny Adams, "The tragedy is that the Australian community has lost two babies in the past two years to this preventable disease".
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