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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.
December Key Points
highest 6 month incidence rate
In 2021, 58 pertussis cases were reported in 23 counties. There was a 88% decrease in the number of pertussis cases reported between July 2021 — December 2021 compared to July 2019 — December 2019 (n=254 cases).
The number of pertussis cases reported in December 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.
One outbreak-associated and 4 household-associated cases have been identified in the past 6 months. 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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