| Latest Health News | Thursday May 17 2012 9:15
An Auckland paediatrician is urging parents to keep an eye out for signs of whooping cough in their babies.
The country is facing a whooping cough epidemic with reported incidences doubling from 2010 to 2011, totalling over 1700 cases.
Associate professor of paediatrics at Auckland University Dr Cameron Grant says babies between the age of two and five months are at most risk of whooping cough.
He says of the infants admitted to Starship Hospital with whooping cough, one in 10 will end up in intensive care, and of those, one in six will die or be left with brain or lung damage.
He says until babies are fully immunised, adults pose the most risk to them.