Background: Surveillance for pertussis in Texas began in the 1920s. After the introduction of vaccines to protect against pertussis in the 1940s,
Objectives: To describe the recent trends in the epidemiology of pertussis in
Methods: Investigations of pertussis cases are prompted through electronic reporting of laboratory results, telephone calls, and reports from medical providers. Public health department staff then conduct pertussis disease investigations which is then entered into an electronic surveillance system. Pertussis surveillance data from 2005-2009 was abstracted and descriptive statistical data analysis utilizing SAS software was conducted. GIS statistical mapping software was also used to illustrate the distribution of disease throughout the state.
Results: Over the 5-year period, the highest statewide incidence rate (cases per 100,000 population) was in 2005 with 9.7 (n=2224). The lowest statewide incidence rate over this time frame was in 2006 with 4.1 (n=954). Pertussis continues to follow a cyclical pattern in
Conclusions: Pertussis reports continue to increase in
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