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Virus WAtch Week Ending 19 July 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 19 July 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Non-influenza virus activity, particularly respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), remains high. Influenza activity, primarily due to influenza B virus, remains moderate in intensity. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) increased this week, but conversely presentations to sentinel emergency departments (EDs) decreased. Influenza

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 12 July 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 12 July 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: ILI activity and influenza virus detections decreased this week, but seasonal activity is on-going. ILI presentations to sentinel emergency departments (EDs) and sentinel general practitioners (GPs) decreased this week, possibly a school holiday effect. Hospitalisations with confirmed influenza have been relatively steady

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VirusWAtch Week Ending 5th July 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 5 July 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: ILI activity and more direct indicators of influenza virus activity all increased this week, indicating influenza season has commenced. ILI presentations to sentinel emergency departments (EDs) and sentinel general practitioners (GPs) increased this week. Hospitalisations with confirmed influenza have been relatively steady

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 28 June 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 28 June 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Rates of influenza-like illness increased this week. ILI presentations to sentinel emergency departments (EDs) and sentinel general practitioners (GPs) increased this week. Hospitalisations with confirmed influenza have been relatively steady over recent weeks, at around 10 per 1000 admissions. Influenza virus detections,

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Microbiological Air Sampling of Operating Rooms in Western Australian Healthcare Facilities

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Surgical site infection (SSI) is a major complication following surgery and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, as well as increased costs. The function of operating room (OR) ventilation is to prevent airborne microbial contaminants from entering surgical wounds. Under normal circumstances, the main source of airborne microbial contamination is microscopic skin fragments, contaminated

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 21 June 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 21 June 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Overall non-influenza respiratory virus activity continues to increase sharply, with a large contribution from respiratory syncytial virus. Indicators of influenza virus remain variable, but activity appears to be increasing slowly, dominated by influenza B virus. ILI presentations to sentinel emergency departments (EDs)

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Draft Guide to the NSQHS Standards for Community Health Services

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The Commission has developed a draft guide to assist community health services with implementing the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. The draft guide describes the intent of the NSQHS Standards and suggests strategies to meet the criteria in the context of community health care. It also includes examples of evidence that community health

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Guidelines for Legionella Control in the Operation and Maintenance of Drinking Water Distribution Systems in Health and Aged Care Facilities

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The draft enHealth “Guidelines for Legionella Control in the Operation and Maintenance of Drinking Water Distribution Systems in Health and Aged Care Facilities” are now complete and have been published for stakeholder review and input. Consultation closes on 31 July 2015. The attached letter from the Chair of enHealth explains the Guidelines’. Origins and details

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 14 June 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 14 June 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Respiratory syncytial virus detections continue to increase. Indicators of influenza virus activity remain variable. ILI presentations and admissions to sentinel emergency departments (EDs) decreased this week, whereas ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) increased. Influenza virus detections and notifications are relatively

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 7th June 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 7 June 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Non-influenza respiratory virus detections, particularly respiratory syncytial virus, continue to increase. Indicators of influenza virus activity are variable, and while no upward trend is clearly apparent, we may be nearing the beginning of the influenza season. ILI presentations and admissions to sentinel

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