Virus WAtch Week Ending 15 June 2014

Megan Reilly

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 viruses decreased this week, including respiratory syncytial virus.


  • Gastroenteritis presentations to sentinel GPs and EDs are within expected levels.

Varicella and Viral Rashes

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

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