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04 June 2012 10:10
The number of whooping cough cases in Auckland has risen in recent weeks, figures show
Reports have suggested a further 27 people contracted whooping cough in Auckland in the past seven days.
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) said the total number of definite and likely cases now stands at 274 for this year - a figure which has risen from 247 on May 16.
Dr William Rainger, medical officer of health at the ARPHS, said: "The outbreak is continuing. It's been with us since the beginning of the year and the number of cases are increasing every day."
The virus is considered highly infectious, and can be spread to other people through coughing. Therefore it's vital for travellers with existing health problems to invest in
pre-existing medical travel insurance if they intend to visit areas with known outbreaks.
Dr Rainger said the health organisation is currently collating details on the areas of the city where cases of whooping cough are thought to be most rife.
He said: "Our response has been to actively follow up on cases to prevent the spread and to protect those vulnerable."
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