Virus WAtch Week Ending 26 October 2014

Megan Reilly

Virus WAtch Week Ending 26 October 2014

Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI)

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

  • ILI presentations to sentinel GPs and emergency departments (EDs), and detections of influenza virus, decreased this week.
  • Hospitalisations for influenza decreased and are below baseline level.
  • Detections of non-influenza respiratory viruses decreased.


  • Gastroenteritis presentations to sentinel GPs increased, while presentations to EDs decreased to below baseline level.
  • Norovirus detections decreased this week, while rotavirus detections increased.

Varicella and Viral Rashes

  • Chickenpox and shingles presentations to sentinel GPs and EDs continue to fluctuate at around baseline levels.
  • No cases of measles, mumps or rubella were reported this week.

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