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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.
August Key Points
been reported in 2021
highest 6 month incidence rate
In 2021, 33 pertussis cases were reported in 15 counties. There was an 89% decrease in the number of pertussis cases reported between March 2021—August 2021 compared to March 2019—August 2019 (n=227 cases).
The number of pertussis cases reported in August was lower than 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 indentified for pertussis.
No outbreak-associated and 1 household-associated case have been identified in 2021. For most pertussis cases, exposure to other known cases is not identified and are not able to be linked to outbreaks.
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