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Virus WAtch Week Ending 15 June 2014

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Virus WAtch 15 June 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Non-influenza virus activity, including respiratory syncytial virus, decreased this week, and influenza activity remains low. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) increased but influenza notifications remain low ILI presentations to emergency departments (EDs) decreased this week; hospital admissions for influenza remain low. The majority of influenza viruses subtyped in the past week were influenza A/H1N1, but influenza B and influenza A/H3 are also circulating. Detections of non-influenza respiratory […]

Re-Use of Single Use Devices (SUDs) OD 0530/14

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The purpose of this circular is to clarify regulations with regards to re-use of Single Use Devices (SUDs). In keeping with Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulations, SUDs should not be re-used in any WA public health system facility. You can view this and other Department of Health circulars at www.health.wa.gov.au/circularsnew.

ACSQHC Infection Prevention & Control e-Learning Course

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The Infection Prevention & Control e-Learning Orientation Program for Healthcare Workers produced by the Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Healthcare is now available. Visit  http://education.safetyandquality.gov.au/login.php to access the login page, alternatively the link can be found on the Commission’s HAI page under Clinician Capacity.

Virus WAtch Week Ending 8 June 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 8 June 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Non-influenza virus activity increased this week, particularly respiratory syncytial virus, but influenza activity remains low. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and influenza notifications remain low. ILI presentations to emergency departments (EDs) increased this week; hospital admissions for influenza remain low. The majority of influenza viruses subtyped in the past week were influenza A/H1N1, but influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B viruses are also circulating. Detections of […]

Virus WAtch Week Ending 1 June 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 1 June 2014 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Non-influenza virus activity increased this week, but influenza activity remains low. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs), and influenza notifications and hospital admissions remain low. Of the influenza viruses subtyped in the past week, 50% were influenza A/H1N1, but influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B viruses are also circulating. Detections of non-influenza respiratory viruses increased this week, particularly respiratory syncytial virus, rhinovirus, and […]

Health Warning After Gastro Outbreak

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The Hunter health authority is warning peak gastro season has begun with aged care facilities and child care settings already falling victim to outbreaks. Find out more http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2302870/health-warning-after-gastro-outbreak/?cs=305

Virus WAtch Week Ending 18 May 2014

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http://www.public.health.wa.gov.au/cproot/5768/2/20140518_virus_watch.pdf Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Influenza activity remains low. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) remain low; the number of persons hospitalised with influenza also remains low. There was a small increase in the number of influenza cases notified to the Department of Health. Influenza virus detections remain low, with influenza A/H1N1, influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B co-circulating. Overall detections of non-influenza respiratory virus detections remained stable this week, with RSV and rhinovirus […]

Disease WAtch May 2014, Volume 18, Issue 1

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Disease WAtch is the newsletter of Communicable Disease Control in Western Australia.  It provides analysis, expert opinion and hot issues relating to infectious disease control in Western Australia. May topics of interest include: Measles cases linked to Philippines outbreak Avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China WA lifts uptake in antenatal influenza vaccination Regional teams working to ‘Close the Gap’ sexually transmitted infections Bold new direction for 2014 chlamydia campaign Rising immunisation rates a win for regional WA Community alliance helping […]

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 A/H3N2 and influenza B co-circulating. Non-influenza respiratory virus detections increased this week; in particular, detections of respiratory syncytial virus and parainfluenza viruses increased.  Gastroenteritis  Gastroenteritis […]