Just a note to Lamoine residents that Pertussis is on the rise in Maine at levels we have not seen in years. Please be aware of the symptoms of this disease and seek treatment if you suspect you or your loved ones have contracted this illness.
Pertussis is a highly contagious disease caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria which are transmitted via direct contact with the respiratory secretions of infected persons. Classic pertussis symptoms include paroxysmal coughing (commonly followed by a high-pitched “whooping” sound) and post-tussive gagging or vomiting. Pertussis can cause serious illness and can be life-threatening, especially in infants. Around half of infants less than 1 year of age with pertussis require hospitalization.
Pertussis counts have been on the rise in Maine. In the first three months of 2023, providers reported nineteen cases of pertussis, more than twice the number reported during that same time period in 2022. Pertussis case counts in 2023 have already surpassed the total count of cases in 2021. From 2011 through 2019, Maine experienced an elevated incidence of pertussis compared to the national average. While case counts since 2020 remain lower than 2019 levels, it is possible that statewide trends could return to pre-COVID-19 levels again