Influenza activity in Ireland during week 48

All indicators of influenza activity in Ireland were at low levels during week 48 2012. The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 6.6 per 100,000 population in week 48 2012, a slight decrease compared to the updated rate of 7.8 per 100,000 reported during week 47 2012. ILI rates remain below the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population). ILI rates remain at low levels in all age groups. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity levels remained at high levels during week 48 2012, as expected for this time of year. During week 48 2012, no confirmed influenza cases were hospitalised or admitted to ICU. There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period. No influenza/ILI outbreaks were reported to HPSC during week 48 2012.
There remains little evidence of sustained influenza virus transmission in Europe. Much of the clinical influenza activity reported in EU/EEA countries is probably due to other respiratory pathogens including RSV.

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