Invasive pneumococcal disease surveillance, 1 January to 31 March 2016

This quarterly report describes surveillance of invasive pneumococcal disease in Australia during the 1st quarter of 2016.

Page last updated: 30 June 2016

Kate Pennington, Anna Glynn-Robinson, Cindy Toms and the Enhanced Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance Working Group, for the Communicable Diseases Network Australia

Summary

The number of notified cases of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in the 1st quarter of 2016 was substantially fewer than the previous quarter and marginally less than the number of notified cases in the 1st quarter of 2015. Overall, the decline in disease due to the serotypes targeted by the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (13vPCV) has been maintained across all age groups since the 13vPCV replaced the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (7vPCV) in the childhood immunisation program from July 2011.

Key points

In the 1st quarter of 2016, there were 184 cases of IPD reported to the NNDSS, an almost 6% decrease compared with the same period in 2015 (n = 195) (Table 1). In 2015 the most common pneumococcal serotypes causing IPD were 3 (8.8%), 19A (8.5%) and 22F (7.1%). The trend for this quarter was similar; however serotype 19F (6.0%; n = 11) was also common and has been gradually increasing (Table 2).

Table 1: Notified cases of invasive pneumococcal disease, Australia, 1 January to 31 March 2016, by Indigenous status, serotype completeness and state or territory
Indigenous status ACT NSW NT Qld SA Tas. Vic. WA Total 1st qtr 2016 Total 4th qtr 2015 Total 1st qtr 2015

* Indigenous status completeness is defined as the reporting of a known Indigenous status, excluding the reporting of not stated or unknown Indigenous status.

† Serotype completeness is the proportion of all cases of invasive pneumococcal disease that were reported with a serotype or reported as non-typable. Serotype incompleteness may include where no isolate was available as diagnosis was by polymerase chain reaction and no molecular typing was attempted or was not possible due to insufficient genetic material; the isolate was not referred to the reference laboratory or was not viable; typing was pending at the time of reporting, or no serotype was reported by the notifying jurisdiction to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.

Indigenous 0 1 5 6 2 0 1 11 26 52 33
Non-Indigenous 2 53 2 19 10 6 36 9 137 233 141
Not stated / Unknown 0 11 0 3 0 0 7 0 21 29 21
Total 2 65 7 28 12 6 44 20 184 314 195
Indigenous status completeness* (%) 100 83 100 89 100 100 84 100 91 91 89
Serotype completeness (%) 100 77 100 93 75 100 95 100 96 96 95

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Table 2: Frequently notified serotypes of invasive pneumococcal disease, Australia, 1 January to 31 March 2016, by age group
Serotype Age group Serotype total
Under 5 years 5–64 years Over 65 years

* Serotypes that only occur in less than 5 cases per quarter are grouped as'Other' and include'non-typable' isolates this quarter.

† 'Serotype unknown' includes those serotypes reported as'no isolate','not referred','not viable','typing pending' and'untyped'.

3 1 7 8 16
19A 1 6 5 12
19F 4 4 3 11
22F 1 5 5 11
8 0 7 3 10
16F 3 1 5 9
23B 3 4 2 9
15A 1 3 4 8
9N 0 5 3 8
10A 0 4 1 5
23A 0 3 2 5
38 1 3 1 5
6C 0 3 2 5
Other* 10 27 11 48
Serotype unknown 9 11 2 22
Total 34 93 57 184

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In non-Indigenous Australians, the number of notified cases was highest in children aged less than 5 years and older adult age groups, especially those aged 60 years or over. In Indigenous Australians, cases were highest in the under 5 years age group and the 55–59 years age group (Table 3). The proportion of cases reported as Indigenous in this quarter (14%) was less than the proportion observed in the 1st quarter of 2015 (17%; 33/195), but was similar to the proportion overall in 2015 (14%; 208/1,500).

Table 3: Notified cases of invasive pneumococcal disease, Australia, 1 January to 31 March 2016, by Indigenous status and age group
Age group Indigenous Non-Indigenous Not reported* Total
* Not reported is defined as not stated or unknown Indigenous status.
0-4 4 28 2 34
5-9 0 1 3 4
10-14 0 5 0 5
15-19 0 0 0 0
20-24 2 2 0 4
25-29 2 5 3 10
30-34 1 2 1 4
35-39 2 3 3 8
40-44 2 3 2 7
45-49 1 3 3 7
50-54 4 5 1 10
55-59 5 9 0 14
60-64 1 17 2 20
65-69 1 12 0 13
70-74 0 9 1 10
75-79 0 7 0 7
80-84 0 13 0 13
85+ 1 13 0 14
Total 26 (14%) 137 (74%) 21 (11%) 184

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There were 34 cases of IPD reported in children aged less than 5 years, representing 18% of all cases reported this quarter. The number of cases notified in this age group was 9.7% more in this reporting period compared with the 1st quarter of 2015 (n = 31). Of those cases with known serotype, 32% (n = 8) were due to a serotype included in the 13vPCV compared with 42% (n = 12) of cases in the 1st quarter of 2015 (Figure 1). Serotypes 19F, 16F and 23B were the most common serotypes affecting this age group this quarter, noting that serotype 19F is included in the 13vPCV (Table 2).

Table 4: Characteristics of 13vPCV failures in children aged less than 5 years, Australia, 1 January to 31 March 2016
Age Indigenous status Serotype Clinical category Risk factor/s
11 months Non-Indigenous 19F Pneumonia No data available
1 year Non-Indigenous 19A Pneumonia and other (pleural empyema) Childcare attendee and other
2 years Non-Indigenous 19F Bacteraemia Chronic illness
2 years Non-Indigenous 19F Pneumonia Congenital or chromosomal abnormality
4 years Indigenous 23F Pneumonia Previous episode of IPD
4 years Non-Indigenous 19F Pneumonia Childcare attendee

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In the 1st quarter of 2016, there were 6 cases reported in fully vaccinated children aged less than 5 years who were considered to be 13vPCV failures. Serotype 19F was reported as the cause of disease in 4 of these cases (Table 4).

Figure 1: Notifications and annual rates* of invasive pneumococcal disease in children aged less than 5 years, Australia, 2007 to 31 March 2016, by vaccine serotype group

bar and line chart. Text description follows.

* Annual rates are shown on Q2, excluding 2016.

Text version of Figure 1 (TXT 1 KB)

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There were 12 cases of IPD reported among Indigenous Australians aged 50 years or over in the 1st quarter of 2016. Of those cases with a reported serotype, half (n = 6) were due to a serotype included in the 23vPPV (Figure 2). The number of notified cases of IPD among Indigenous Australians aged 50 years or over was just over half (55%) the number reported in the previous quarter (n = 22) and similar to the 1st quarter of 2015 (n = 10). Compared with the previous quarter, the proportion of cases due to serotypes included in the 23vPPV decreased from 75% to 50% among cases with a known serotype. Additionally, there was no apparent predominance of any serotype reported among this population group this quarter.

Figure 2: Notifications and annual rates* of all invasive pneumococcal disease in Indigenous Australians aged 50 years or over, Australia, 2007 to 31 March 2016, by vaccine serotype group

bar and line chart. Text description follows.

* Annual rates are shown on Q2, excluding 2016.

Text version of Figure 2 (TXT 1 KB)

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There were 54 cases of IPD among non-Indigenous Australians aged 65 years or over reported in the 1st quarter of 2016. The number of notified cases of IPD among non-Indigenous Australians aged 65 years or over was around half the number reported in the previous quarter (n = 111) and 11% lower than the 1st quarter of 2015 (n = 61). Of those cases with a reported serotype, 62% (n = 32) were due to a serotype included in the 23vPPV (Figure 3). Compared with the previous quarter, the proportion of IPD due to 23vPPV serotypes among cases with a reported serotype were relatively similar.

Figure 3: Notifications and annual rates* of all invasive pneumococcal disease in non-Indigenous Australians aged 65 years or over, Australia, 2007 to 31 March 2016, by vaccine serotype group line and bar chart. Text Description follows.

* Annual rates are shown on Q2, excluding 2016.

Text version of Figure 3 (TXT 1 KB)

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In the 1st quarter of 2016 there were 9 deaths attributed to a variety of IPD serotypes. All of these deaths occurred in non-Indigenous Australians with a median age of 61 years (range 48–83).

Notes

The data in this report are provisional and subject to change as laboratory results and additional case information become available. More detailed data analysis of IPD in Australia and surveillance methodology are described in the IPD annual report series published in Communicable Diseases Intelligence.

In Australia, pneumococcal vaccination is recommended as part of routine immunisation for children, individuals with specific underlying conditions associated with increased risk of IPD and older Australians. More information on the scheduling of the pneumococcal vaccination can be found on the Immunise Australia Program website (www.immunise.health.gov.au).

In this report, a ‘vaccine failure’ is where a fully vaccinated child is diagnosed with IPD due to a serotype covered by the administered vaccine. ‘Fully vaccinated’ describes cases that have completed the primary course of the relevant vaccine(s) required for their age according to the most recent edition of The Australian Immunisation Handbook, at least 2 weeks prior to disease onset with at least 28 days between doses of vaccine. NB: A young child who has had all the required doses for their age but is not old enough to have completed the primary course would not be classified as fully vaccinated.

There are 4 pneumococcal vaccines available in Australia, each targeting multiple serotypes (Table 5). Note that in this report serotype analysis is generally grouped according to vaccine composition.

Table 5: Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes targeted by pneumococcal vaccines
Serotypes 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine 10-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine 23-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
1   x x x
2       x
3     x x
4 x x x x
5   x x x
6A     x  
6B x x x x
7F   x x x
8       x
9N       x
9V x x x x
10A       x
11A       x
12F       x
14 x x x x
15B       x
17F       x
18C x x x x
19A     x x
19F x x x x
20       x
22F       x
23F x x x x
33F       x

Follow-up of all notified cases of IPD is undertaken in all states and territories except New South Wales and Victoria who conduct targeted follow-up of notified cases aged under 5 years, and 50 years or over for enhanced data.

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Acknowledgements

Report prepared with the assistance of Mark Trungove on behalf of the Enhanced Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance Working Group.

Enhanced Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance Working Group contributors to this report were (in alphabetical order): David Coleman (Tas.), Heather Cook (NT and secretariat), Cindy Toms (Health), Carolien Giele (WA), Robin Gilmour (NSW), Vicki Krause (Chair), Sanjay Jayasinghe (NCIRS), Frank Beard (NCIRS), Shahin Oftadeh (Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology – Public Health, Westmead Hospital), Sue Reid (ACT), Stacey Rowe (Vic.), Vitali Sintchenko (Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology – Public Health, Westmead Hospital), Helen Smith (Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services), Janet Strachan (Microbiological Diagnostic Unit, University of Melbourne), Cindy Toms (Health), Hannah Vogt (SA), Angela Wakefield (Qld).

Author details

Corresponding author: Ms Cindy Toms, Vaccine Preventable Diseases Surveillance Section, Office of Health Protection, Australian Government Department of Health, GPO Box 9484, MDP 14, Canberra, ACT 2601. Telephone: +61 2 6289 8692. Facsimile: +61 2 6289 1070. Email: cindy.toms@health.gov.au

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