Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance
Antimicrobial agents have been used since the 1940s to treat patients who have infectious diseases. However, over time and due to increasing use of these drugs in humans, animals, and agriculture, many bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective.
Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory infection caused by a variety of flu viruses. The "flu" is a common catch-all term used for a variety of illnesses, but it correctly applies only to the upper respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus.
Notifiable Disease Reporting
Florida enacted legislation in 1917 requiring the reporting of communicable diseases.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Surveillance
A statewide Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) surveillance system was implemented in Florida in 1999 to support clinical decision-making for prophylaxis of premature infants. RSV infections usually occur during the late fall, winter, or early spring months (CDC). Data collected by the Florida RSV surveillance system from 1999 - present allow us to identify geographical regions where high infection rates also occur during the summer months.