The Michigan Department of Community Health's Weekly Disease Report ending November 15th, indicates the number of Pertussis cases has surpassed 1,000 for the year.
The current number of reported cases of pertussis is 1,016, with more than 6 reportable weeks left in the year. This year will likely end with the highest number in the past four years.
The report is available from the Department of Community Health here.
Commonly known as the "Whooping Cough," can be an uncontrollable cough that is extremely dangerous for young children, and can often be fatal for babies less than one year of age.
If you need resources to educate yourself, your patients, or friends or colleagues about the risks of pertussis, the CDC has a fantastic overview available at cdc.gov/pertussis.