Virus WAtch Week Ending 23 November 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 23 November 2014

Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI)

Summary: Influenza activity is low and at inter-seasonal level.

  •  ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) emergency departments (EDs) remains low.
  • Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus decreased this week.
  • Influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B continue to co-circulate at low levels.
  • Detections of non-influenza respiratory viruses remain similar to the previous week.

Gastroenteritis

  • Gastroenteritis presentations to sentinel GPs and EDs increased this week and remain above baseline levels.
  • Norovirus detections decreased this week, and rotavirus detections increased.

Varicella and Viral Rashes

  • Shingles and chickenpox presentations to sentinel EDs and GPs increased this week to near baseline levels.
  • No cases of measles, mumps or rubella were reported this week.

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