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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 FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov.
March Key Points
been reported in 2021
In 2021, 11 pertussis cases were reported in 7 counties. Between October 2020 and March 2021, 20 cases were reported, an 87% decrease compared to October 2018 to March 2019 (n=152 cases).
The number of pertussis cases reported in March is similar to 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 denition for pertussis; please see the last page for more information.
No outbreak-associated or household-associated cases have been identied in 2021. For most pertussis cases, exposure to other known cases is not identied and are not able to be linked to outbreaks.
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