Virus WAtch Week Ending 30 November 2014

Megan Reilly

Virus WAtch Week Ending 30 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) and emergency departments (EDs) remain low.
  • Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low.
  • Influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B continue to co-circulate at low levels.
  • Detections of non-influenza respiratory viruses decreased this week.


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

Varicella and Viral Rashes

  • Shingles and chickenpox presentations to sentinel EDs and GPs decreased this week and are below baseline levels.
  • Single cases of overseas-acquired measles and mumps were confirmed in adults with unknown vaccination histories. No cases of rubella were reported this week.

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