The latest H1N1 update from New Zealand's Ministry of Health :
" Continued vigilance is important as the level of influenza in many of our communities continues to rise. Although the World Health Organization has announced the shift to a post-pandemic period, they have also emphasized that some countries, such as New Zealand, will still see significant levels of H1N1 transmission.
Levels of the H1N1 influenza virus in New Zealand are showing a lot of regional variation, with central areas of the North Island being particularly hardest hit at the moment. There are still a number of other areas, especially in the South Island, that did not have high levels of influenza last year and may see increasing levels of influenza in the near future.
There have been 332 hospitalisations of lab-confirmed pandemic influenza H1N1 so far in 2010 in New Zealand, including 46 admissions to intensive care (note - this includes updated information reported on earlier ICU admissions). These figures do not include influenza-like illness among people admitted to hospital without a positive H1N1 lab test result.
Healthline handled around 9000 calls of all types in the week to 11 August 2010. The call volume is about 25 per cent higher than normal seasonal levels. Calls requiring an assessment of influenza-like illness make up about a third of daily call volume."