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Published on January 04, 2017. Last modified on April 19, 2019

Sign up to receive Health Alerts by emailCalifornia reported its first infant death in 2019 due to pertussis.  Click here to review a Clinical Advisory from the California Department of Public Health focusing on immunizing pregnant women to prevent infant pertussis.

Pertussis is a reportable disease in the state of California.  Please complete a Confidential Morbidity Report (CMR) Form for each suspected and confirmed case of pertussis and fax it to the Monterey County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Unit at 831-754-6682.  Click here for more information about reporting requirements in Monterey County.  Current morbidity patterns for Monterey County can be found by clicking on the Local Data section of the pertussis home page.

Please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) website for the most current information on clinical presentation and treatment.

The Monterey County Health Department recommends polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for confirming pertussis diagnosis, if specimens can be collected within 3 weeks of symptom onset.  The graph below from the CDC shows the optimal timing for the different types of pertussis diagnostic tests.  PCR is available at the Monterey County Public Health Laboratory and any many commercial laboratories.  For more information about pertussis testing at the Monterey County Public Health Laboratory, call 831-755-4516.


For questions about pertussis or reporting, please contact the Monterey County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Unit at 831-755-4521.

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