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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Australian Influenza Surveillance 2010 - Latest report

Via Australia's Department of Health and Ageing :

" Report No. 40

Reporting period 2 to 8 October 2010

  • Levels of influenza-like illness (ILI) in the community increased through some surveillance systems this reporting period (ASPREN and WA EDs), while others (Flutracking and the National Health Call Centre Network) showed a decrease in ILI. Local, regional and widespread activity was reported within jurisdictions. The number of laboratory confirmed notifications continued to decrease nationally and in all states and territories.
  • There were 339 laboratory confirmed notifications of influenza during this reporting period, including 222 pandemic (H1N1) 2009 cases. Notifications of laboratory confirmed influenza were highest in South Australia.
  • Results from sentinel laboratory surveillance systems for this reporting period show that 17% of the respiratory tests conducted over this period were positive for influenza, which is the same as the last two reporting periods. In 2010, a total of 1,184 specimens have been positive for influenza."

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