Virus WAtch Week Ending 14 December 2014

Megan Reilly

Virus WAtch Week Ending 14 December 2014

Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI)

Summary: Influenza and non-influenza respiratory virus activity is low and at inter-seasonal levels.

  • ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) remain low.
  • Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low.
  • Influenza A/H3N2, influenza A/H1N1 and influenza B continue to co-circulate at low levels.
  • Detections of non-influenza respiratory viruses continue to fluctuate at low levels.


  • Gastroenteritis presentations to sentinel GPs decreased this week, reaching levels similar to previous years.
  • Gastroenteritis presentations to sentinel EDs remain well above baseline levels.
  • Norovirus detections remain elevated.

Varicella and Viral Rashes

  • Shingles presentations to both sentinel GPs and EDs is currently above baseline level, and chickenpox presentations to GPs are also above baseline
  • Two locally acquired cases of mumps were reported, in young adult workmates with an unknown source.
  • No cases of measles or rubella were reported this week.

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