COUGH: A case of whooping cough has been confirmed among a junior sporting team.
COUGH: A case of whooping cough has been confirmed among a junior sporting team. Peter Gardiner

Whooping cough confirmed after Toowoomba sports meet

PARENTS of young athletes have been warned of a confirmed case of whooping cough with fears it could spread through the junior rugby league community.

The Brothers Toowoomba Rugby League Club shared a Facebook post alerting parents to confirmed cases of whooping cough among U14 and U17 girls players last Thursday.

Any players who visited the Brothers grounds prior to the post were warned to be aware of early symptoms and report recent contact with the illness to doctors.

Cases of whooping cough have more than doubled on the Darling Downs this year with 134 notifications so far, up from last year's 58.

Darling Downs Health physician Dr Katie Panaretto urged parents to ensure their children receive booster vaccines as whooping cough notifications have increased, particularly in children aged nine to 10.

"Typically, these children would have been vaccinated as infants with the immunity of this vaccine lessening and possibly making them more susceptible to infection,” Dr Panaretto said.

"Which is why a booster vaccine it is available to children in Year 7. It's important for these children to receive this vaccine to boost their immunity.”

Whooping cough is highly contagious and can be life threatening to infants. Symptoms typically start like a cold a runny nose, sneezing and fatigue followed by the characteristic dry cough.


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