Australian Influenza Surveillance Report - week ending 05 May 2019 (#01/2019)

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: 14 May 2019

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 01 - week ending 05 May 2019

Key Messages

  • Activity – Currently, influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI) activity are high for this time of year compared to previous years. At the national level, notifications of laboratory-confirmed influenza have decreased in the past fortnight, however it is likely these figures will be revised upwards due to backlogs in data entry. Influenza A was the most common respiratory virus detected in patients presenting with ILI to sentinel general practices this fortnight.
  • Severity – There is no indication of the potential severity of the 2019 season at this time.
  • Impact – There is no indication of the potential impact on society of the 2019 season at this time.
  • Virology – In the year to date and in the past fortnight, the majority of confirmed influenza cases reported nationally were influenza A (93%). Where subtyping data were available, influenza A(H3N2) was the dominant influenza A subtype in the past fortnight.

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