Australian Influenza Surveillance Report - week ending 12 August 2018 (#06/2018)

The Australian Influenza Surveillance Report and Activity Updates are compiled from a number of data sources, which are used to monitor influenza activity and severity in the community. These data sources include laboratory-confirmed notifications to NNDSS; influenza associated hospitalisations; sentinel influenza-like illness (ILI) reporting from general practitioners; ILI-related community level surveys; and sentinel laboratory testing results.

Page last updated: 20 August 2018

The Australian Influenza Surveillance Report is published on a fortnightly basis during the influenza season, typically between May and October. Influenza activity updates will be published outside of the seasonal period.

Australian Influenza Surveillance Report No 06 - week ending 12 August 2018

Summary

  • Activity – Person to person transmission of influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI) in the community is low and remains within or below the bounds of previous years. Rhinovirus was the most common respiratory virus detected in patients presenting with ILI to sentinel general practices this fortnight.
  • Severity – Due to low numbers and the instability of data early in the season, there is no indication of the potential severity of the 2018 season at this time.
  • Impact – Currently, the impact of circulating influenza on society is low.
  • Virology – This fortnight, the majority of confirmed influenza cases reported nationally were influenza A (87%). Where subtyping information was available, influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 was most common.

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