It has been recently revealed that there has been a decline in the number of whooping cases in Wellington. However, Annette Nesdale, who is a Medical Officer of Health for the Wellington Region Public Health Service, was of the view that despite a decline, the total number of whooping cough cases is still high.
Official reports revealed that the pandemic of whooping cough also known as pertussis started six months back and the highest number was seen in November with 150 cases. It shall be noted that it was the highest number since 1997.
Annette said that this season has created an epidemic of the whooping cough as from October 2011 to March 2012, 527 cases of whooping cough have been recorded. Such a large number has never been witnessed in the region.
New Zeeland is witnessing a rise in the number of whooping cough cases. However, no other region except Wellington is bearing the brunt of whooping cough. It has been found that the Wairarapa, Kapiti Coast, Hutt Valley and Wellington area have been most affected with the whooping cough in last two weeks.
Annette said that the severity of disease is so high that a number of deaths have taken place in the country. In addition, it has also been found that there has been a significant rise in the number of infection rate occurring due to whooping cough. There have been eight times more infection cases this time in Wellington, said Annette.
Doctors told that whooping cough is a highly communicable disease and can spread through coughing and sneezing. The infection can last for three days, but in many cases, it continues for 100 days. Henceforth, doctors have advised that people should take all the precautions to remain protected from it.