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Virus WAtch Week Ending 11 May 2015

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20140511_virus_watch Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Non-influenza respiratory virus activity is increasing; indicators of influenza activity remain low. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) remain low and consistent with inter-seasonal levels. The number of persons hospitalised with influenza remains low. Influenza virus detections remain low, with influenza A/H1N1, influenza

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 4 May 2014

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20140504_virus_watch Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Respiratory syncytial virus activity (RSV) remains elevated this week, but influenza activity remains low. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) remain low and consistent with inter-seasonal levels. The number of persons hospitalised with influenza remains low. Influenza virus detections remain low, with influenza

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Infection Prevention and Control of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci in Western Australian Healthcare Facilities OD 0516/14

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The Department of Health Western Australia (WA) recently published its revised Operational Directive (OD) on Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE).  The OD describes the requirements for routine screening and subsequent management of people identified with VRE in WA healthcare facilities.  You can view the OD at http://www.health.wa.gov.au/CircularsNew/circular.cfm?Circ_ID=13088  

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Health Warning for Poliovirus

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On Monday 5 May 2014 the WHO Director General (DG) declared the recent international spread of wild poliovirus a “public health emergency of international concern” and issued Temporary Recommendations under the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005. The Temporary Recommendations are for an initial period of 3 months and only apply to travellers from the 10

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