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Four children have been hospitalised after they contracted gastroenteritis at the same childcare centre in Sydney's lower north shore. 

According to the Australian Medical Association, Queensland is on the brink of an influenza epidemic with thousands of cases been diagnosed just this month (August). 

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by a highly contagious virus that is spread by fluids produced during coughing and sneezing, or by direct contact with those fluids on surfaces. 

Whooping cough outbreaks have been on the rise across the country. Cases are up between of 100 to 300 percent across Australian states. 

Whooping cough is a highly infectious diseases. It takes 7 to 20 days after infection for symptoms of whooping cough to appear. It begins like a cold and then it causes uncontrolled coughing and vomiting for up to several months.

In NSW, there has been a rise of more cases of hand, foot and mouth disease with an increase of those needing hospital care.

Hand foot and mouth disease is a mild illness common amongst children who attend childcare. The most typical symptoms are blisters in around the hand, foot and mouth.

Chickenpox is a viral illness. The chickenpox virus is also called varicella virus or varicella zoster virus. It is the same virus that can cause shingles.

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