Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
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October Key Points
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The number of pertussis cases reported in October increased slightly from the previous month and was similar to the previous 5-year average. In general, more pertussis cases are reported during the summer months.
The 25 pertussis cases in October were reported among the 13 counties outlined in black. From August through October 2019 the average county rate has varied throughout the state.
From January 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019, 328 pertussis cases were reported in 41 counties.
Since 2015, the number of pertussis cases reported annually remained stable. Pertussis is cyclic in nature, with peaks in disease every 3-5 years. Pertussis cases last peaked between 2013 and 2014. Year-to-date cases counts as of October 2019 are slightly higher to those seen at this time in previous years, as noted by the white bar in the figure.
In October, 12 (48%) of 25 total pertussis cases were associated with transmission within households no cases were outbreak-associated. For most pertussis cases, exposure to other known cases is never identified, and they are not able to be linked to outbreaks.
No pertussis outbreaks were reported in October.
So far in 2019, a total of two pertussis outbreaks have been reported, both in school settings.
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