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Wales, UK: 'Croup' Outbreak

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    Posted: October 10 2017 at 11:32am
Croup is a collection of symptoms, rather than a single disease.  It can be caused by a number of respiratory infections.  Since the vaccine for diptheria was introduced, it is very, very rarely fatal.

Croup outbreak striking children down with barking cough - what you need to know

Parents are urged to be vigilant for signs of croup - a condition that affects the windpipe, the airways to the lungs, and the voice box

  • 17:30, 10 OCT 2017

Parents have been warned to be wary after an increasing number of children are being struck down by a “barking cough”.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said it was reporting an increase in cases of croup and are urging parents to be vigilant.

Croup is a childhood condition that affects the windpipe, the airways to the lungs, and the voice box, Walesonline reports .

Youngsters are said to develop a distinctive cough and will make a harsh sound, known as stridor, when they breathe in.

In severe cases, they may need to visit their nearest A&E department if they find it hard to breathe.

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