It has been reported that three students have contracted whooping cough in an outbreak in Sydney’s east.
Parents of children attending Bronte Public school were advised of current whooping cough cases by the school on November 7 this year.
A spokesperson from the NSW Department of Education told 9News.com.au that parents at Bronte Public School were first advised of whooping cough cases three weeks ago.
“Bronte Public School sent advice to parents advising of whooping cough cases on 7 November 2018,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
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“The advice urged concerned parents to seek medical advice. The school has notified the local area health district about the cases.”
The department said it had been in contact with the school to remind it of its responsibilities in informing health authorities.
Whooping cough, otherwise known as pertussis, is an infection spread by airborne bacteria when sufferers cough or sneeze.
Symptoms include uncontrolled bouts of coughing, sneezing, a blocked nose and an elevated temperature.
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