Pertussis

What's happening in 2015?
The Pertussis Epidemic is continuing in California and Alameda County. As of 7/7/15 California reported 3,150 cases with one death in an infant less than 3 months of age. Alameda County reported 133 cases with no deaths.

CDPH Pertussis Report – July 7, 2015

2014 Outbreak
2014 saw record high numbers of Pertussis in California: California reported 11,203 cases with 3 deaths in infants less than 5 weeks of age; Alameda County reported 364 cases with no deaths.

2013
2013 saw pertussis case reports rising in California. Alameda County reported 121 cases with 0 deaths. California reported 2,470 cases, with 1 death in an infant of <4 months of age.

2012
In 2012 pertussis incidence was at a historic low. The State of California reported 1,023 cases for the year with 0 deaths. Alameda County reported a total of 62 probable or confirmed cases with 0 deaths.

2011 Outbreak
In 2011, Alameda County reported a total of 212 cases with 0 deaths. Across California, 2,937 cases were reported to the California Department of Health.

2010 Outbreak
In 2010, California reported a total of 9,349 cases and 10 deaths (all infants), the highest number of cases reported in California since 1947. Alameda County reported 403 cases of pertussis and 0 deaths.

PertussisWhat is Pertussis?

Pertussis (whooping cough) disease is a very contagious disease of the lungs and respiratory system. It is caused by bacteria. Infants and young children are the most vulnerable, as well as pregnant women, infant caregivers and household members.

How is Pertussis Spread?

Pertussis or “whooping cough” is spread by tiny wet drops produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. People with whooping cough can spread the disease from the time they get a runny nose until 3 weeks after their cough starts. People with whooping cough can prevent spreading the disease if they take the right antibiotics.

Older children and adults, including parents, often have mild disease. They can spread whooping cough and not know it. This is because they do not feel very sick so they do not see a doctor or get treated. People with whooping cough should get treated with antibiotics. They should avoid close contact with others, especially babies and pregnant women, until they have taken 5 days of the right antibiotics.

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California Department of Public Health - Pertussis

Centers for Disease Control - Pertussis

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