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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.
August Key Points
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The number of pertussis cases reported in August 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.
Ninety-nine pertussis cases were reported between March and August 2020, which is a 56% decrease compared to March to August 2019 (227 cases).
From January 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020, 201 pertussis cases were reported in 38 counties.
The average number of household-associated cases between March and August 2020 was three times lower than the average number of household-associated cases between March and August in 2019. No outbreak-associated cases have been identi!ed in 2020. 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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