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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Australian Influenza Surveillance 2010 - Latest report

Via Australia's Department Health and Ageing, excerpt from the summary :


  • Levels of influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI) in the community are continuing to show signs of increasing through all surveillance systems.
  • There have been 362 laboratory confirmed notifications of influenza during this reporting period, including 248 pandemic (H1N1) 2009 cases. Notifications of laboratory confirmed influenza were highest in VIC, SA and QLD during the current reporting period.
  • Results from sentinel laboratory surveillance systems for this reporting period show that 14% of the respiratory tests conducted over this period were positive for influenza, which is similar to the last reporting period (15%). In 2010, a total of 448 specimens have been positive for influenza (of 9,275 specimens tested), of which 66% were pandemic (H1N1) 2009 and 16% were A/H3N2. The most common respiratory viruses diagnosed by sentinel laboratories this reporting period were respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in WA, RSV and rhinovirus in NSW, and picornavirus in VIC.

There's more, please visit the site. There's a 16 page PDF report too.

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