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.
Waterborne Disease Program
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.
Florida enacted legislation in 1917 requiring
the reporting of communicable diseases.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus
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.