Infectious diseases doctor warns coming pertussis outbreak a ‘sleeping bear’

Professor Robert Booy warns an epidemic is due, with cases more than double what they were a year ago.
Australian Associated Press
Professor Robert Booy.

A leading infectious diseases paediatrician says an outbreak of pertussis is on the horizon and could infect tens of thousands of Australians going into the Christmas period.

Professor Robert Booy, of the University of Sydney, says the next wave is imminent, with outbreaks expected every three to five years.