Virus WAtch Week Ending 4 May 2014

Megan Reilly


Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI)

Summary: Respiratory syncytial virus activity (RSV) remains elevated this week, but influenza activity remains low.

  • ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) remain low and consistent with inter-seasonal levels.
  • The number of persons hospitalised with influenza remains low.
  • Influenza virus detections remain low, with influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B co-circulating.
  • Non-influenza respiratory virus detections varied, with an increase in parainfluenza activity, a decrease in rhinovirus and adenovirus activity, and little change in the activity of RSV or human metapneumovirus.


  •  Gastroenteritis presentations to sentinel GPs and EDs are around expected levels. Norovirus detections increased but remain relatively low.

Varicella and Viral Rashes

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

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