Whooping cough at second Tweed school
ST JOSEPH’S Primary School at Tweed Heads has alerted parents to a case of whooping cough at the facility, becoming the second school in the region to do so this week.
Parents were alerted today via a school mobile phone application that one case of whooping cough had been reported at the Frances Street school, close to the Queensland border.
The alert follows confirmation of a single case of whooping cough at Murwillumbah High School earlier this week.
The Murwillumbah school emailed parents a fact sheet issued by Northern NSW Local Health District after one student was diagnosed with the contagious infection, which can be deadly to newborns.
Whooping cough may be prevented with vaccinations and it is uncertain if the child affected was vaccinated or not, due to strict patient confidentiality protocols.
Antibiotics are used to treat whooping cough in the early stages and can help prevent spreading whooping cough to others.
People who are not treated early with the correct antibiotics can spread the infection in the first three weeks of their illness.
More information on whooping cough: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Pertussis.aspx