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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Florida HealthDisease Control
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting health care seeking behavior, which may be impacting the diagnosis and reporting of pertussis cases that are shown in this report. For more information on the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida, please visit FloridaHealthCOVID-19.gov.
June Key Points
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The number of pertussis cases reported in June decreased from the previous month and was below the previous 5-year average. Elevated case counts in early 2020 may be due to a change in the case definition for pertussis; please see the last page for more information.
The 4 pertussis cases in June were reported among the 4 counties outlined in black. From April 2020 through June 2020 the average county rate has varied throughout the state.
From January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, 196 pertussis cases were reported in 38 counties.
Since 2015, the number of pertussis cases reported annually remained stable. In 2020, case counts were slightly higher than those seen during non-peak years at this time, as indicated by the white bars in the graph.
In June, none of 4 total pertussis cases were associated with transmission within households or 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
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