Virus WAtch Week Ending 19 October 2014

Megan Reilly

Virus WAtch Week Ending 19 October 2014

Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI)

Summary: Influenza and non-influenza virus activity continue to decline.

ILI presentations to sentinel emergency departments (EDs) and detections of influenza virus decreased this week.

  • Hospitalisations in influenza cases declined and are below baseline level.
  • Detections of non-influenza respiratory viruses decreased.


  • Gastroenteritis presentations to sentinel EDs increased slightly this week, and have reached baseline level.
  • Norovirus and rotavirus detections decreased slightly this week.

Varicella and Viral Rashes

  • Chickenpox and shingles presentations to sentinel GPs and EDs remain near baseline.
  • No cases of measles, mumps or rubella were reported this week.

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