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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Florida Health

Disease 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.


December Key Points

In December, there
were 5 Cases
18 new cases
between July & December
No outbreaks have
occured
<1 year olds had
highest incidence
A graph showing a summary of pertussis cases reported by month in 2020 as compared to the previous 5-year average. In December 2020, 5 case of pertussis was reported, which is below the previous 5-year average.

The number of pertussis cases reported in December increased from the previous month but 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.

From January 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020, 215 pertussis cases were reported in 38 counties. eighteen pertussis cases were reported between July and December 2020, which is a 92% decrease compared to July to December 2019 (n =212 cases).

A graph showing a summary of the total number of pertussis cases reported by year with an emphasis on 2019. In total for each year there have been: 341 in 2015; 335 in 2016; 358 in 2017; 326 in 2018; 392 in 2019; and 215 in 2020.

No outbreak-associated cases have been identied in 2020. For most pertussis cases, exposure to other known cases is not identied and are not able to be linked to outbreaks.

A graph showing a bar graph of the average number of total cases compared to the average number of household-associated cases and the average number of outbreak-associated cases for July to December 2020 and July to December 2019. The average number of household-associated cases between July to December 2020 was 4 times lower than the average household-associated cases between July to December in 2019.  No outbreak-associated cases have been identified in 2020.

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.

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