Virus WAtch Week Ending 22 March 2015

Megan Reilly

Virus WAtch Week Ending 22 March 2015

Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI)

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

  • ILI presentations to sentinel emergency departments (EDs) and general practitioners (GPs) remain low.
  • Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low, with influenza A/H3N2 constituting the majority of subtyped viruses.
  • Non-influenza respiratory virus detections decreased this week.


  • Presentations to sentinel GPs and EDs are consistent with this time period during previous years.
  • Norovirus and rotavirus detections decreased this week.

Varicella and Viral Rashes

  • Both shingles and chickenpox presentations to sentinel EDs and GPs are above baseline levels.
  • No cases of measles, mumps or rubella were confirmed this week.

(To subscribe to Virus WAtch Updates, send an email with your full name, e-mail address and “subscribe” in the subject heading to