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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in Florida

Contact: Florida Health


Respiratory Syncytial Virus Surveillance

Activity Summary

Week 45 (November 3 - November 9, 2019)

In week 45, RSV activity in children <5 years old decreased but remained above levels observed at this time in previous years.

No new possible RSV-associated pediatric deaths were identified in week 45. One possible RSV-associated pediatric death has been identified so far in 2019.

No new RSV-associated outbreaks were reported in week 45. A total of seven RSV-associated outbreaks have been reported since week 30, 2019 (beginning on July 27, 2019).

An image explaining that In week 45, the percent of emergency department and urgent care center visits for respiratory syncytial virus among children less than five years decreased but remained above peak levels observed in previous years.

In week 45, the percent of emergency department and urgent care center virus for RSV among children <5 years decreased but remained above peak levels observed in previous years.

RSV Surveillance

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.

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. For more information on RSV surveillance systems used in Florida, see the last page of this report.

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

A map of Florida showing which counties are is season for RSV. Northwest Region, October- April (currently in season): Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Bay, Washington, Holmes, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Wakulla, Leon, Jefferson. North Region, September-March (currently in season): Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Levy, Alachua, Gilchrist, Union, Bradford, Columbia, Barker, Nassau, Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Putnam. Central Region, August-March (currently in season): Citrus, Marion, Flagler, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, Citrus, 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.

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

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