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Varicella infection : evidence for peak activity in summer months

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posted on 2008-05-01, 00:00 authored by Emma Miller, H Kelly
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.

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Journal

Journal of infection

Volume

56

Issue

5

Pagination

360 - 365

Publisher

Elservier

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0163-4453

eISSN

1532-2742

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2008, The British Infection Society

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