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Virus WAtch Week Ending 23 November 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 23 November 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza activity is low and at inter-seasonal level.  ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) emergency departments (EDs) remains low. Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus decreased this week. Influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B continue to co-circulate at low levels. Detections

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 16 November 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 16 November 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza and non-influenza virus activity continue to decline and are at inter-seasonal levels.  Detections of influenza virus decreased this week. Hospitalisations for influenza and presentations to sentinel emergency departments (EDs) for ILI remained stable, and are at baseline level. Influenza A/H3N2 and

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Antibiotic Awareness Week 17 – 23 November 2014

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Antibiotic Awareness Week, 17-23 November 2014 Monday marked the beginning of Antibiotic Awareness Week 2014, a global campaign to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and promote the responsible use of antibiotics. This year’s campaign for hospitals focuses on the theme Preserve the Miracle of Antibiotics: No action today, no cure tomorrow, and highlights seven actions you

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Ebola Expert Panel on Infection Control Convened

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Professor Lyn Gilbert has recently been appointed chair of an Expert Advisory Panel to provide the best available infection prevention and control expertise and advice to the Communicable Disease Network Australia (CDNA – State and Territory health department communicable disease branch reps) and the Australian Health Protection Primary Committee (AHPPC = chief health officers, chaired by Commonwealth

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 26 October 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 26 October 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza and non-influenza virus activity continue to decline. ILI presentations to sentinel GPs and emergency departments (EDs), and detections of influenza virus, decreased this week. Hospitalisations for influenza decreased and are below baseline level. Detections of non-influenza respiratory viruses decreased. Gastroenteritis Gastroenteritis

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Revised CDNA Ebola Guidelines

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The revised national Public Health Unit Guidelines for EVD from CDNA and the AHPPC are available at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-ebola.htm/$File/EVD-SoNG.pdf  

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 19 October 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 19 October 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza and non-influenza virus activity continue to decline. ILI presentations to sentinel emergency departments (EDs) and detections of influenza virus decreased this week. Hospitalisations in influenza cases declined and are below baseline level. Detections of non-influenza respiratory viruses decreased. Gastroenteritis Gastroenteritis presentations

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Ebola Virus Disease Update

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Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their PPE Guidance for Ebola cases – now includes total body protection + site manager + buddy. http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/procedures-for-ppe.html Other Ebola resources can be found at: Australian Department of Health Updates http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-ebola.htm The World Health Organisation Updates http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/ Infection Control Today News Updates http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news.aspx

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 12 October 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 12 October 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza activity continues to decline. Presentations of influenza-like illness to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and sentinel emergency departments (EDs) decreased this week. Detections of influenza virus continue to decrease. Detections of non-influenza respiratory viruses decreased, with the exception of human metapneumovirus and

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 5 October 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 28 September 2014 Virus WAtch Week Ending 5 October 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza activity continues to decline. Most indicators of influenza activity, including notifications, detections of influenza virus, proportion of positive laboratory tests for influenza, and influenza-associated hospitalisations decreased this week, with the exception of emergency department

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