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Varicella (Chickenpox) in Florida
Florida HealthDisease Control
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting health care seeking behavior, which may be impacting the diagnosis and reporting of varicella cases that are shown in this report. For more information on the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida, please visit FloridaHealthCOVID-19.gov.
August Key Points
were 8 Cases
The number of varicella cases reported in August decreased from the previous month and remained below the previous 5- year average. Due to robust vaccination programs, there is no longer discernable seasonality for varicella cases in the United States.
Ninety-nine varicella cases were reported between March and August 2020, which is an 81% decrease compared to March to August 2019 (518 cases).
The average number of household-associated cases between March and August 2020 was four times lower than the average number of household-associated cases between March and August in 2019. No outbreak-associated cases have been identified in 2020. For most varicella cases, exposure to other known cases is never identified, and they are not able to be linked to outbreaks.
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