Flu Update – Week 49, 2014

December 15, 2014

Update by Dr J Gallagher, Employment Health Advisors (EHA):

All indicators of influenza activity in Ireland were at low levels during week 49 2014.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity remained at high levels during week 49 2014, as expected at this time of year. The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 8.5 per 100,000 population in week 49 2014, remaining low, and stable compared to the updated rate of 8.4 per 100,000 reported during week 48 2014. ILI rates remain below the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population). ILI rates remain at low levels in all age groups. The proportion of influenza–related calls to GP Out-of-Hours services increased slightly during week 49 2014, however remained at low levels.

No confirmed influenza positive specimens were reported from sentinel GP or non-sentinel sources during week 49 2014. There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths during week 49 2014.  No acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC during week 49 2014. Overall influenza activity in the European Region remained low, with some countries reporting increasing trends for ILI consultations.

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Flu Update – Week 48, 2014

December 8, 2014

Update by Dr J Gallagher, Employment Health Advisors (EHA):

All indicators of influenza activity in Ireland were at low levels during week 48 2014.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity remained at high levels during week 48 2014, as expected at this time of year.  The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 8.4 per 100,000 population in week 48 2014, remaining low, and stable compared to the updated rate of 5.7 per 100,000 reported during week 47 2014. ILI rates remain below the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population). ILI rates remain at low levels in all age groups. The proportion of influenza–related calls to GP Out-of-Hours services remained at low levels during week 48 2014.

One confirmed influenza A(H3) positive specimen was reported from sentinel GP sources during week 48 2014. No confirmed influenza positive specimens were reported from non-sentinel sources during week 48 2014. No confirmed influenza hospitalised cases were notified to HPSC during week 48 2014. No confirmed influenza cases admitted to ICU were reported to HPSC this season.  There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths during week 48 2014.  No acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC during week 48 2014. Overall influenza activity in the European Region remained low, with some countries reporting increasing trends for ILI consultations.

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