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 adenovirus.

 Gastroenteritis

  •  Gastroenteritis presentations to sentinel GPs andEDs decreased this week and are within expected levels.

Varicella and Viral Rashes

  •  Shingles presentations to sentinel GPs and EDs declined. Chickenpox presentations remain low.
  • One possible case of mumps was reported in the previous week, and is under investigation.
  • No cases of measles or rubella were notified this week.

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