CDH Alerts About Rising Cases of Pertussis
BOISE, Feb. 1, 2024 – Central District Health advises that there have been 14 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) reported in Ada County since Jan. 1, 2024, compared to seven cases total for the 12 months in 2023 and two cases in 2022. No cases have been reported in Boise, Elmore or Valley counties so far this year. CDH recommends community members to be cautious to reduce the spread of the disease. Wash your hands, cough into your arm and talk to your physician if you or your family experience a cough, runny nose, congestion or fever.
“Approximately every five years, rates of pertussis circulating in the community increase.” Said Victoria O’Dell, CDH staff epidemiologist. “2024 is the five-year mark since the last increase of whooping cough in our community, and we expect the rates of whooping cough to increase through 2024 compared to previous years. We want to keep everyone in our community safe by reminding families about the risks and the strategies of preventing whooping cough.”