Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI)
Summary: Influenza and non-influenza respiratory virus activity remain low and at inter-seasonal levels.
- ILI presentations to sentinel emergency departments (EDs) and general practitioners (GPs) remain low.
- Routine and sentinel detections of influenza virus remain low, with influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B constituting the majority of subtyped viruses; influenza A/H1N1 continues to co-circulate.
- Non-influenza respiratory virus detections declined this week.
- Gastroenteritis presentations to sentinel GPs increased this week and are higher than expected levels.
- Gastroenteritis presentations to sentinel EDs are consistent with this time period during previous years.
- Norovirus and rotavirus detections are relatively steady.
Varicella and Viral Rashes
- Shingles presentations to sentinel GPs increased this week and are now above baseline level.
- Chickenpox presentations to sentinel GPs and EDs remain low.
- Five cases of mumps have been confirmed in the Kimberley region in the past month, four in vaccinated Aboriginal children from a remote community.
- No cases of measles or rubella were confirmed this week.
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