There has been a confirmed case of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in one of our families.
Whooping cough is a serious, contagious infection of the nose, throat and lungs which causes long bursts of coughing.
In young children the coughing spell often ends in a 'whooping' noise when the child can finally take in a breath. Children can have several coughing spells each hour,including while they are sleeping. They can also go on having coughing spells for many weeks (up to about three months for some).
Older children and adults can have whooping cough without the 'whooping' sound.
Please seek medical advice if you are experiencing prolonged couching (especially at night) and are concerned that it may be whooping cough.
Further information can be obtained from the link below.