Virus WAtch Week Ending 29 June 2014

Megan Reilly

Virus WAtch Week Ending

Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI)

Summary: Influenza activity is increasing; non-influenza respiratory virus activity continues to increase.

  • ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) and influenza notifications increased; however, hospitalisations 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 increased this week, and respiratory syncytial virus activity remains high.


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

Varicella and Viral Rashes

  •  Shingles presentations to sentinel GPs remain above expected levels; chickenpox presentations remain low.
  • One secondary case of measles was reported in a household contact of a confirmed case.
  • No confirmed cases of mumps or rubella were reported.

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