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Whooping cough cases rise in London and Surrey

GPs to be alert for cases and parents to ensure vaccinations are up to date

Ingrid Torjesen

Monday, 23 April 2012

GPs have been warned to look out for whooping cough cases, and parents urged to ensure children's vaccinations are up to date after a rise in whooping cough cases in London and Surrey.

Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust said Surrey saw 25 cases between January and March this year, compared with just three in the same period last year.

The trust which has hospitals in Surrey and London said 28 cases had been confirmed south west London so far this year, compared with two last year.

Figures released by the Health Protection Agency earlier this month reveal that there were 665 laboratory confirmed cases of whooping cough in England and Wales between January and March 2012, compared to total of 1,040 cases for the whole of 2011.

The increase – continuing from the second half of 2011 - has been reported across all regions in England with some areas reporting clusters in schools, universities and healthcare settings.

Whooping cough can affect people of all ages, but is most common in children under five with babies younger than four months at greatest risk.

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