Virus WAtch Week Ending 11 May 2015

Megan Reilly


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 presentations to sentinel GPs and EDs are around expected levels.

Varicella and Viral Rashes

  •  Shingles and chickenpox presentations to sentinel GPs and EDs were near or below expected levels this week.
  • No cases of measles, rubella or mumps were confirmed this week.

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