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Whooping cough cases in Queen Charlotte/Smithers

Cases of a highly contagious respiratory infection are on the rise in a couple of northern B.C. communities.

Jane Boutette is Northern Health’s Program Manager for Public Health Nursing in Prince Rupert.

She says the health authority has recorded 9 lab-confirmed cases of whooping cough in the Haida Gwaii community of Queen Charlotte and 6 cases in Smithers.

Boutette says infants under a year old are most vulnerable to complications from whooping cough and getting immunized is the best way to protect them.

Boutette says the whooping cough cases on Haida Gwaii are concentrated in elementary school-age children while those affected in Smithers vary more widely in age.

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