August 15, 2014
Update by Dr J Gallagher, Employment Health Advisors (EHA):
All indicators of influenza activity in Ireland remained at low levels for the summer period to date (weeks 21 – 32 2014).
The sentinel GP ILI consultation rates have remained low this summer, ranging from 0.0 – 2.6 per 100,000 population. No influenza-like illness (ILI) cases were reported during weeks 31 and 32 2014. ILI rates remained below the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population). Age specific ILI rates were low in all age groups.
The proportion of influenza–related calls to GP Out-of-Hours services remained at low levels. Influenza positivity reported from the NVRL remained low for the summer period to date. No influenza positive sentinel GP specimens have been reported since week 20 2014. To date this summer, two acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC. Overall, influenza activity is at inter-seasonal levels in the northern hemisphere.