PERTUSSIS clinical alert: Public Health Alert from the Communicable Diseases Branch

Queensland Public Health and Scientific Services (QPHaSS) has requested
we distribute this public health alter to clinicians in the regions
key points:

  1. There has been an increase in pertussis notifications in Queensland. Children under 15 years of age account for 60% of all cases since 1 January 2024.
  2. Clinicians should be alert for signs and symptoms of pertussis, particularly in patients who have had contact with a confirmed case of pertussis.
  3. Early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of transmission.

    for more information about this topic and statistics visit:
    Clinicians_Alert_Pertussis_March_2024.pdf (