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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Update

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Since May 2015, the Republic of Korea has been investigating an outbreak of MERS. It is the largest known outbreak of MERS outside the Arabian Peninsula.  The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor the MERS situation globally and work with partners to better understand the risks of this virus, including the

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 31 May 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 31 May 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Indicators of influenza-like activity increased this week, but influenza virus detections remain steady, and increases in non-influenza virus activity, particularly RSV, appear to be responsible. Influenza B virus dominates influenza activity at present. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and sentinel

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National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019

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The Australian Government has released the first National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy to guide the response to the threat of antibiotic misuse and resistance. The strategy was developed in partnership with industry and government, and will guide action by governments, health professionals, veterinarians, farmers and communities to reduce the emergence of resistant bacteria. The report is

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 24 May 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 24 May 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Some indicators of influenza activity increased slightly this week, but the influenza season has not clearly commenced. Influenza B virus continues to be predominant, and RSV activity is increasing. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) increased this week but ILI presentations

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 17 May 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 17 May 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Indicators of influenza activity increased slightly this week, but remain at inter-seasonal levels. Influenza B virus is predominant at present. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and Emergency Departments (EDs) increased this week. Influenza B constituted the majority of influenza viruses

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 10 May 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 10 May 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Indicators of influenza activity remain relatively steady, at inter-seasonal levels. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) increased, while presentations to Emergency Departments (EDs) remained steady this week. Influenza B and A/H3N2 viruses are predominant at present. Non-influenza respiratory virus activity decreased

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 3 May 2015

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VirusWAtch Week Ending 3 May 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Indicators of influenza activity remain relatively steady, at inter-seasonal levels. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and Emergency Departments remained steady this week. Influenza B and A/H3N2 constituted the majority of influenza viruses subtyped this week. Non-influenza respiratory virus activity decreased this

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Virus Watch Week Ending 25 April 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 26 April 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Indicators of influenza activity remain relatively steady, at inter-seasonal levels. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) were steady but presentations and admissions to sentinel Emergency Departments (EDs) increased this week. Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low, with influenza

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 19 April 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 19 April 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Some indicators of influenza and non-influenza respiratory virus activity showed signs of increasing activity this week. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and admissions to sentinel Emergency Departments (EDs) increased this week. Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low,

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 12 April 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 12 April 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza and non-influenza respiratory virus activity remain low and at inter-seasonal levels. ILI presentations to sentinel emergency departments (EDs) and general practitioners (GPs) remain low. Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low, with influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B constituting the

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