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Virus WAtch Week Ending 28 September 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 28 September 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. Presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) were unchanged. Influenza A/H1N1, A/H3N2 and B

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 21 September 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 21 September 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza and non-influenza respiratory virus 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. Influenza A/H1N1, influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B viruses continue

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VirusWAtch Week Ending 14 September 2014

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VirusWAtch Week Ending 14 September 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza and non-influenza respiratory virus activity continues to decline. Most indicators of influenza activity, including notifications, proportion of positive laboratory tests for influenza, ILI presentations to Emergency Departments (ED) and influenza-associated hospitalisations decreased this week. The majority of influenza viruses subtyped were influenza

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Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among HCWs

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This survey result for influenza vaccination of healthcare workers in the US is interesting. Concerning is that only 8.5% of vaccinated HCWs chose “to protect patients from getting flu” as their primary reason for vaccination. Consistent with the previous two US influenza seasons, coverage among HCWs working in long term or residential care settings was the lowest

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 7th September 2014

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VirusWAtch Week Ending 7 September 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza activity is declining. Non-influenza respiratory virus activity was relatively stable this week. Indicators of influenza activity, including notifications, proportion of positive laboratory tests for influenza, ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs), Emergency Department ILI presentations and influenza-associated hospitalisations decreased this week.

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 31 August 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 31 August 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza activity appears to have peaked, and may be beginning to decline. Non-influenza respiratory virus activity was relatively stable this week. Indicators of influenza activity, including notifications, proportion of positive laboratory tests for influenza, ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs), Emergency

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 24 August 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 24 August 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Most indicators of influenza activity decreased this week. Non-influenza respiratory virus activity is also declining. Most indicators of influenza activity, including notifications, proportion of positive laboratory tests for influenza, ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and influenza-associated hospitalisations decreased this week,

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Ebola Patients Evacuated to the US Recover

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Both of the Ebola patients evacuated to the US have recovered. The role of the ‘experimental serum’ they received in regard to the recovery is unclear, according to news reports. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ebola-patient-dr-kent-brantly-god-saved-life/story?id=25060979

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 17 August 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 17 August 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Most indicators of influenza activity decreased this week. Overall non-influenza respiratory virus activity is also declining. Most indicators of influenza activity, including notifications, proportion of positive laboratory tests for influenza, Emergency Department ILI attendances and influenza-associated hospitalisations decreased this week, although ILI

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Ebola Virus Disease Management

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National guidelines for management of patients with suspected, probable or confirmed Ebola have been published today. The risk of a case in Australia is low (perhaps at worst an infected aid worker or two), but a few hospitals have seen febrile returned travellers from west Africa. The guidelines are here (SoNG for public health units):

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