Varicella infection : evidence for peak activity in summer months

Miller, E. R. and Kelly, H. A. 2008, Varicella infection : evidence for peak activity in summer months, Journal of infection, vol. 56, no. 5, pp. 360-365.

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Title Varicella infection : evidence for peak activity in summer months
Author(s) Miller, E. R.
Kelly, H. A.
Journal name Journal of infection
Volume number 56
Issue number 5
Start page 360
End page 365
Publisher Elservier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 0163-4453
1532-2742
Keyword(s) Varicella zoster virus
seasonal variation
epidemiology
Summary This study aimed to identify seasonal variations in the presentation of primary varicella infection in susceptible patients in Victoria (a temperate region in south-east Australia) by analysing Victorian hospital admissions data and medical locum service data from the years preceding the introduction of a universally offered vaccination, complemented by available surveillance data from the neighbouring state, of South Australia. Contrary to the conventional assumption, which is based on observations in temperate regions elsewhere in the world, we found no consistent evidence of seasonal peaks during late winter and early spring for varicella infection in Victoria. This finding may have implications for prevention in temperate regions elsewhere in the world wherever estimations of local seasonal trends have been based on international experiences.
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, The British Infection Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017092

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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