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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in Florida

Florida Health

Disease Control

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Surveillance

Activity Summary

Week 8 ( February 21 - 27, 2021 )

Background

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Young children and older adults, especially those with certain underlying health conditions, are at higher risk for severe illness from RSV. Prophylaxis is available for children who qualify. For more information, contact your health care provider.

In week 8, RSV activity in children <5 years increased but remained below levels observed at this time in previous seasons.

One new RSV-associated outbreaks was reported in week 8. One RSV-associated outbreaks has been reported since week 30, 2020 (beginning on July 19, 2020).

In week 8, , the percent of emergency department and urgent care center visits for RSV among children <5 years increased but remained below levels observed at this time in previous seasons.

Northwest Region, October- April (currently in season): Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Bay, Washington, Holmes, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Wakulla, Leon, Jefferson, Walton North Region, September-March (currently in season): Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Levy, Alachua, Gilchrist, Union, Bradford, Columbia, Baker, Nassau, Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Putnam Central Region, August-March (currently in season): Citrus, Marion, Flagler, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Osceola, Brevard, Orange, Seminole Southwest Region, September-April (currently in season): Polk, Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, Glades, Charlotte, Desoto, Sarasota, Lee, Hendry, Collier  Southeast Region, January-December (currently in season): Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe

RSV Surveillance

A statewide RSV surveillance system was implemented in Florida to support clinical decision-making for prophylaxis of premature infants

The determination of unique seasonal and geographic trends of RSV activity in Florida has important implications for prescribing patterns for initiating prophylaxis to children at high risk for complications from RSV infection. The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends pre-approval for prophylactic treatment be made based on state surveillance data.

Florida’s RSV season is longer than the rest of the nation and has distinct regional patterns. The RSV seasons shown here are based on activity thresholds provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, all of Florida's five regions is in RSV season.

To learn more about RSV in Florida, please visit FloridaHealth.gov/RSV

Northwest Region, October- April (currently in season): Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Bay, Washington, Holmes, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Wakulla, Leon, Jefferson, Walton North Region, September-March (currently in season): Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Levy, Alachua, Gilchrist, Union, Bradford, Columbia, Baker, Nassau, Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Putnam Central Region, August-March (currently in season): Citrus, Marion, Flagler, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Osceola, Brevard, Orange, Seminole Southwest Region, September-April (currently in season): Polk, Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, Glades, Charlotte, Desoto, Sarasota, Lee, Hendry, Collier Southeast Region, January-December (currently in season): Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe

The Figure shows Florida’s RSV regional season breakdown. Regions that are currently in RSV season are marked with pink stars.

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