Pertussis (Whooping Cough) - Statistics and Incidence Rate

Pertussis (commonly known as whooping cough) is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted from person-to-person by coughing or sneezing. The bacteria can live on objects for several days and a person can become infected by touching these objects and then their eyes or mouth.

Symptoms of whooping cough include:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Coughing

Coughing may be so severe infected individuals could have trouble breathing, choke or vomit. Whooping cough is the most severe in infants.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

  • Seven cases were reported in Niagara in 2015.
  • Niagara has been consistently below the provincial incidence rate dating back to 2006 (Figure 1)

Figure 1. Incidence rate of Pertussis by year, for Niagara region and Ontario (2006-2014).

Probable and confirmed cases reported.
Sources: Integrated Public Health Information System [2006-2015], extracted March 31, 2016 by Niagara Region Public Health; Population Estimates, IntelliHealth, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care [2015], extracted April 17, 2015 by Niagara Region Public Health. Ontario data: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Integrated Public Health System database, extracted by Public Health Ontario [April 20, 2015].

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