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  • Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

    Link to 2012-2013 thread; http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=193821

    Link to Health Protection Surveillance Centre; http://hpsc.ie/hpsc/

    Influenza Surveillance in Ireland ? Weekly Report
    Influenza Week 41 2013 (7th ? 13th October 2013)

    Summary
     All indicators of influenza activity in Ireland were at low levels during week 41 2013:
    o The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 7.1 per 100,000 population in week 41
    2013, remaining low and stable compared to the updated rate of 4.4 per 100,000 reported during
    week 40 2013.
     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 were at low levels for week 41 2013.
     No influenza positive specimens were reported from the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) from
    sentinel GPs or non-sentinel sources for week 41 2013.
     No positive detections of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), adenovirus, parainfluenza viruses or human
    metapneumovirus (hMPV) were reported from the NVRL for week 41 2013.
     No confirmed influenza cases admitted to hospital or ICU were reported to HPSC during week 41 2013.
     There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period.
     No acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC during week 41 2013.
     During the first week of the 2013/2014 influenza season, there was no evidence of any significant influenza
    activity in Europe.
    ...
    Twitter: @RonanKelly13
    The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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    Re: Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

    Influenza Surveillance in Ireland ? Weekly Report
    Influenza Week 42 2013 (14th ? 20th October 2013)

    Summary
     All indicators of influenza activity in Ireland were at low levels during week 42 2013:
    o The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 4.3 per 100,000 population in week 42
    2013, remaining low and stable compared to the updated rate of 7.4 per 100,000 reported during
    week 41 2013.
     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 were at low levels for week 42 2013.
     No influenza positive specimens were reported from the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) from
    sentinel GPs or non-sentinel sources for week 42 2013.
     Sporadic detections of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), adenovirus, parainfluenza viruses and human
    metapneumovirus (hMPV) have been reported from the NVRL for the 2013/2014 season to date.
     Positive detections of parainfluenza virus type 1 have increased slightly in recent weeks.
     No confirmed influenza cases admitted to hospital or ICU were reported to HPSC during week 42 2013.
     There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period.
     No acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC during week 42 2013.
     During the first two weeks of the 2013/2014 influenza surveillance season, influenza activity in Europe has
    remained at inter-season levels.

    ...
    Twitter: @RonanKelly13
    The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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    • #3
      Re: Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

      Influenza Surveillance in Ireland ? Weekly Report
      Influenza Week 43 2013 (21st ? 27th October 2013)

      Summary
       All indicators of influenza activity in Ireland were at low levels during week 43 2013:
      o The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 3.9 per 100,000 population in week 43
      2013, remaining low and stable. The updated rate for week 42 2013 was 4.2 per 100,000 population.
       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
      43 2013
       No influenza positive specimens were reported from the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) from
      sentinel GPs or non-sentinel sources for week 43 2013.
       Sporadic detections of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), adenovirus, parainfluenza viruses and human
      metapneumovirus (hMPV) have been reported from the NVRL for the 2013/2014 season to date.
       Positive detections of parainfluenza virus type 1 have increased slightly in recent weeks.
       No confirmed influenza cases admitted to hospital or ICU were reported to HPSC during week 43 2013.
       There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period.
       No acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC (via Ireland?s Computerised Infectious Disease
      Reporting System) during week 43 2013.
       Although, ILI activity in many European countries has started to increase, influenza positive detections in
      the northern hemisphere temperate zones remains low.
      ...
      Twitter: @RonanKelly13
      The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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      • #4
        Re: Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

        Influenza Surveillance in Ireland ? Weekly Report
        Influenza Week 44 2013 (28th October ? 3rd November 2013)

        Summary
         All indicators of influenza activity in Ireland were at low levels during week 44 2013:
        o The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 1.3 per 100,000 population in week 44
        2013, remaining low and stable. The updated rate for week 43 2013 was 3.1 per 100,000 population.
         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
        44 2013.
         No influenza positive specimens were reported from the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) from
        sentinel GPs or non-sentinel sources for week 44 2013.
         Sporadic detections of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), adenovirus, parainfluenza viruses and human
        metapneumovirus (hMPV) have been reported from the NVRL for the 2013/2014 season to date.
         Positive detections of parainfluenza virus type 1 have increased slightly in recent weeks.
         No confirmed influenza cases admitted to hospital or ICU were reported to HPSC during week 44 2013.
         There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period.
         No acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC (via Ireland?s Computerised Infectious Disease
        Reporting System) during week 44 2013.
         During the first few weeks of the 2013/2014 influenza season, there has been no evidence of sustained
        influenza activity in Europe.
        ...
        Twitter: @RonanKelly13
        The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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        • #5
          Re: Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

          Flusurvey.ie launched

          Flusurvey.ie is a new website that will map the spread of seasonal influenza and allow health authorities and members of the public fight against flu. The site is the result of a joint research collaboration between NUI Galway, the HSE, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre and international partners from the EU-wide Influenzanet project and enlists members of the public to help in the fight against seasonal flu.

          Flusurvey.ie is part of Influenzanet, already used in other European countries, which is an innovative development using on-line volunteers to support existing influenza monitoring systems and is accessible at http://flusurvey.ie. It will be available to the general public from Monday November 4th, 2013.

          The internet has been used to monitor patterns of influenza-like-illness (ILI) in the Netherlands and Belgium since 2003, in Portugal since 2005, in Italy since 2008 and in the UK since 2009. Denmark, France, Spain, and Sweden are also running their versions of 'flusurvey'.


          The system will indicate to those that register, how many other cases are recorded in their area of residence and will provide real time data about the spread of flu. It will provide valuable public health information on the demographics and geographic location of influenza sufferers. Using internet technology it provides public health agencies across Europe with novel opportunities for gathering data from members of the public on infectious diseases such as influenza.

          Volunteers register online and self-report by answering short questions relating to demographic, medical, socio-economic and lifestyle issues. The information received is anonymous.

          Participants can view interactive maps with influenza data broken down at their local and national levels, and the system can map the spread of the disease in its early stages, and provide health professionals with an early warning signal of nationwide outbreaks.

          ...
          Twitter: @RonanKelly13
          The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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          • #6
            Re: Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

            Influenza Surveillance in Ireland ? Weekly Report
            Influenza Week 45 2013 (4th ? 10th November 2013)

            Summary
             All indicators of influenza activity in Ireland were at low levels during week 45 2013:
            o The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 5.6 per 100,000 population in week 45
            2013, remaining low and stable. The updated rate for week 44 2013 was 1.2 per 100,000 population.
            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, however remained
            at low levels during week 45 2013.
             One influenza A (H1)pdm09 positive specimen was reported from the National Virus Reference Laboratory
            (NVRL) from non-sentinel sources for week 45 2013.
             No positive influenza specimens were reported from the NVRL from sentinel GP sources.
             Sporadic detections of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), adenovirus, parainfluenza viruses and human
            metapneumovirus (hMPV) have been reported from the NVRL for the 2013/2014 season to date.
             Positive detections of parainfluenza virus type 1 have increased slightly in recent weeks.
             No confirmed influenza cases admitted to hospital or ICU were reported to HPSC during week 45 2013.
             There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period.
             No acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC (via Ireland?s Computerised Infectious Disease
            Reporting System) during week 45 2013.
             Although in many European countries ILI activity started to increase, influenza detections in the northern
            hemisphere temperate zones remained low.
            ...
            Twitter: @RonanKelly13
            The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

            Comment


            • #7
              Re: Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

              Influenza Surveillance in Ireland ? Weekly Report
              Influenza Week 46 2013 (11th ? 17th November 2013)
              Summary

               All indicators of influenza activity in Ireland were at low levels during week 46 2013:
              o The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 6.1 per 100,000 population in week 46
              2013, remaining low and stable. The updated rate for week 45 2013 was 5.4 per 100,000 population.
               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, however remained
              at low levels during week 46 2013.
               No influenza positive specimens were reported from the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) from
              sentinel GP or non-sentinel sources for week 46 2013.
               Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity has been increasing in recent weeks; however activity remains
              at low levels.
               Sporadic detections of adenovirus, parainfluenza viruses and human metapneumovirus (hMPV) have been
              reported from the NVRL for the 2013/2014 season to date.
               No confirmed influenza cases admitted to hospital or ICU were reported to HPSC during week 46 2013.
               There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period.
               No acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC (via Ireland?s Computerised Infectious Disease
              Reporting System) during week 46 2013.
               During the first six weeks of the 2013/2014 influenza season, there has been no evidence of sustained
              influenza activity in Europe.
               Flusurvey.ie, Ireland?s first online influenza survey has been launched for 2013/2014. For further
              information and to register, please see the website https://flusurvey.ie/ .
              ...
              Twitter: @RonanKelly13
              The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

              Comment


              • #8
                Re: Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

                Influenza Surveillance in Ireland ? Weekly Report
                Influenza Week 47 2013 (18th ? 24th November 2013)
                Summary

                 All indicators of influenza activity in Ireland were at low levels during week 47 2013:
                o The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 4.2 per 100,000 population in week 47
                2013, remaining low and stable. The updated rate for week 46 2013 was 4.8 per 100,000 population.
                 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
                47 2013.
                 Two (1.5%) influenza positive specimens were reported from the National Virus Reference Laboratory
                (NVRL) during week 47 2013. One influenza A (H3) from sentinel GP sources and one influenza B from
                non-sentinel sources.
                 Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity increased significantly during week 47 2013, compared to the
                previous week. Positive detections of parainfluenza virus type 1 have remained at slightly elevated levels
                since the start of the season.
                 Sporadic detections of adenovirus and human metapneumovirus (hMPV) have been reported from the
                NVRL for the 2013/2014 season to date.
                 No confirmed influenza cases admitted to hospital or ICU were reported to HPSC during week 47 2013.
                 There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period.
                 One acute respiratory outbreak in HSE-W was reported to HPSC (via Ireland?s Computerised Infectious
                Disease Reporting System) during week 47 2013.
                 There has been no evidence of sustained influenza activity in Europe for the 2013/2014 influenza season
                to date.
                 Flusurvey.ie, Ireland?s first online influenza survey has been launched for 2013/2014. For further
                information and to register, please see the website.
                ...
                Twitter: @RonanKelly13
                The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

                  Influenza Surveillance in Ireland ? Weekly Report
                  Influenza Week 48 2013 (25th November ? 1st December 2013)

                  Summary
                   All indicators of influenza activity in Ireland were at low levels during week 48 2013; however some clinical
                  indicators were showing signs of slight increases in activity.
                   The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 8.4 per 100,000 population in week 48
                  2013, an increase from the updated rate of 3.9 per 100,000 population in week 47.
                   ILI rates remained below the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population)
                   ILI rates remained at low levels in all age groups
                   The proportion of influenza?related calls to GP Out-of-Hours services increased slightly during week 48
                  2013, however remained at low levels.
                   No influenza positive specimens from sentinel GP or non-sentinel sources were reported from the National
                  Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) during week 48 2013.
                   Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity decreased during week 48 2013, however remained at elevated
                  levels.
                   Sporadic detections of adenovirus, parainfluenza viruses and human metapneumovirus (hMPV) have been
                  reported from the NVRL for the 2013/2014 season to date.
                   One confirmed influenza B hospitalised case was reported to HPSC during week 48 2013. This case was
                  previously reported by the NVRL.
                   No confirmed influenza cases were admitted to ICU and reported to HPSC to date this season.
                   There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period.
                   No acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC (via Ireland?s Computerised Infectious Disease
                  Reporting System) during week 48 2013.
                   There has been no evidence of sustained influenza activity as yet in Europe for the 2013/2014 season.
                   Flusurvey.ie, Ireland?s first online influenza survey has been launched for 2013/2014. For further
                  information and to register, please see the website.
                  ...
                  Twitter: @RonanKelly13
                  The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Re: Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

                    Influenza Surveillance in Ireland ? Weekly Report
                    Influenza Week 49 2013 (2th ? 8th December 2013)

                    Summary
                     All indicators of influenza activity in Ireland were at low levels during week 49 2013.
                     The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate remained low at 6.1 per 100,000 population
                    during week 49 2013. The updated rate for week 48 2013 was 8.2 per 100,000 population.
                     ILI rates remained below the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population)
                     ILI rates remained 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
                    49 2013.
                     Influenza positivity remained low during week 49 2013, with only three (1.7%) influenza positive
                    specimens reported from the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL).
                    o Two influenza positive specimens were reported from sentinel GP sources: one influenza A (not
                    subtyped) and one influenza B. One influenza A (H3) positive specimen was reported from nonsentinel
                    sources.
                     Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity increased during week 49 2013, as expected at this time of year.
                     Sporadic detections of adenovirus, parainfluenza viruses and human metapneumovirus (hMPV) have been
                    reported from the NVRL for the 2013/2014 season to date.
                     One confirmed influenza B hospitalised case was reported to HPSC during week 49 2013.
                     No confirmed influenza cases were admitted to ICU and reported to HPSC to date this season.
                     There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period.
                     No acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC (via Ireland?s Computerised Infectious Disease
                    Reporting System) during week 49 2013.
                     There has been no evidence of sustained influenza activity as yet in Europe for the 2013/2014 season. The
                    percentage of sentinel specimens testing positive for influenza is increasing in some countries, possibly
                    indicating the start of the epidemic period in these countries.
                    ...
                    Twitter: @RonanKelly13
                    The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

                      Influenza Surveillance in Ireland ? Weekly Report
                      Influenza Week 50 2013 (9th ? 15th December 2013)

                      Summary
                       Some indicators of influenza activity in Ireland were starting to increase during week 50 2013; however
                      activity remained at low levels.
                       The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate remained low at 9.7 per 100,000 population
                      during week 50 2013. The updated rate for week 49 2013 was 6.2 per 100,000 population.
                       ILI rates remained below the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population)
                       ILI rates remained at low levels in all age groups
                       The proportion of influenza?related calls to GP Out-of-Hours services remained at low levels.
                       Influenza positivity remained low during week 50 2013, with four (2.5%) influenza positive specimens
                      reported from the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL).
                      o Three influenza A(H1)pdm09 and one influenza A (H3) positive specimens were reported from
                      non-sentinel sources. No influenza positive specimens were reported from sentinel GP sources.
                       Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity continued to increase during week 50 2013, as expected at this
                      time of year.
                       Sporadic detections of adenovirus, parainfluenza viruses and human metapneumovirus (hMPV) have been
                      reported from the NVRL for the 2013/2014 season to date.
                       No confirmed influenza hospitalised cases were reported to HPSC during week 50 2013.
                       No confirmed influenza cases were admitted to ICU and reported to HPSC to date this season.
                       There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period.
                       No acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC (via Ireland?s Computerised Infectious Disease
                      Reporting System) during week 50 2013.
                       Since the start of the 2013/2014 influenza surveillance period in week 40 2013, there has been no
                      evidence of sustained influenza activity in Europe, even though the percentage of sentinel specimens
                      testing positive for influenza virus has increased in some countries.
                      ...
                      Twitter: @RonanKelly13
                      The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Re: Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

                        Influenza Surveillance in Ireland ? Weekly Report
                        Influenza Weeks 51 & 52 2013 (16th ? 29th December 2013)

                        Summary
                         Influenza activity levels remained at low levels in Ireland during weeks 51 & 52 2013; however sporadic
                        confirmed cases of influenza are being reported.
                         The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate remained low at 10.1 per 100,000 population
                        during week 52 2013 and 7.4 per 100,000 population during week 51 2013.
                         ILI rates remained below the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population)
                         ILI rates remained at low levels in all age groups
                         Influenza positivity remained low during week 51 2013, with seven (3.4%) influenza positive specimens
                        reported from the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL): 3 influenza A (not subtyped) and 4
                        influenza A (H3).
                        o No influenza positive specimens were reported from the NVRL for week 52 2013.
                         Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity remained at high levels during weeks 51 and 52 2013, as
                        expected at this time of year.
                         Sporadic detections of adenovirus, parainfluenza viruses and human metapneumovirus (hMPV) have been
                        reported from the NVRL for the 2013/2014 season to date.
                         No confirmed influenza hospitalised cases were reported to HPSC during weeks 51 and 52 2013.
                         No confirmed influenza cases were admitted to ICU and reported to HPSC to date this season.
                         There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period.
                         One acute respiratory outbreak (influenza negative) was reported in a residential institute in HSE-S to
                        HPSC (via Ireland?s Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System) during week 51 2013.
                         In North America the influenza season has started, with influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 predominating. For
                        the rest of the northern hemisphere as well as in the southern hemisphere influenza activity remained
                        low.
                        ...


                        Influenza Surveillance in Ireland ? Weekly Report
                        Influenza Week 1 2014 (30th December 2013 ? 5th January 2014)

                        Data for week 52 2013 & week 1 2014 should be interpreted with caution, as reporting levels are affected
                        during the Christmas/New Year Holiday period.

                        Summary
                         Several indicators of influenza activity in Ireland increased during week 1 2014; however overall activity
                        remained at low levels. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity is currently at high levels.
                         The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate remained low at 11.2 per 100,000 population
                        during week 1 2014, a slight increase compared to the updated rate of 8.4/100,000 during week 52 2013.
                         ILI rates remained below the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population)
                         ILI rates remained at low levels in all age groups
                         Influenza positivity increased during week 1 2014, with 24 (9.2%) influenza positive specimens reported
                        from the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL): 13 influenza A(H3), 6 influenza A(H1)pdm09 & 5
                        influenza A (not subtyped)
                         Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity remained at high levels during week 1 2014, as expected at this
                        time of year.
                         Sporadic detections of adenovirus, parainfluenza viruses and human metapneumovirus (hMPV) have been
                        reported from the NVRL for the 2013/2014 season to date.
                         One influenza A(H3) hospitalised case was reported to HPSC during week 1 2014.
                         Two confirmed influenza cases were admitted to ICU and reported to HPSC to date this season, one
                        associated with influenza A(H3) and one with influenza A(H1)pdm09, both cases were over 65 years of
                        age.
                         There were no reports of any influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period.
                         Three acute respiratory outbreaks in residential care facilities/community hospitals were reported during
                        week 1 2014 to HPSC (via Ireland?s Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System).
                         There has been no evidence of sustained influenza activity in Europe to date for the 2013/2014 season.
                        ...
                        Twitter: @RonanKelly13
                        The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Re: Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

                          Influenza Surveillance in Ireland ? Weekly Report
                          Influenza Week 2 2014 (6th ? 12th January 2014)

                          Summary
                           Influenza activity in Ireland remained at low levels during week 2 2014. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
                          activity appears to have peaked during week 1 2014; however levels remain high and widespread
                          throughout Ireland.
                           The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 11.6 per 100,000 population during week 2
                          2014, remaining stable compared to the updated rate of 12.2/100,000 during week 1 2014.
                           ILI rates remained below the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population)
                           ILI rates remained at low levels in all age groups
                           Influenza positivity was at low levels during week 2 2014, with 7 (3.0%) influenza positive specimens
                          reported from the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL): 4 influenza A(H3), 2 influenza A(H1)pdm09
                          & 1 influenza A (not subtyped)
                           Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity remained at moderately high levels during week 2 2014, with 36
                          (16.0%) RSV positive specimens reported from the NVRL.
                           Sporadic detections of adenovirus and parainfluenza viruses have been reported from the NVRL for the
                          2013/2014 season to date. Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) positive detections from non-sentinel
                          sources increased during week 2 2014 to 4.9%.
                           The number of reported confirmed influenza hospitalised cases increased to 11 during week 2 2014,
                          bringing the total number of hospitalised cases reported this season to 15.
                           Three confirmed influenza cases were admitted to ICU and reported to HPSC to date this season, two
                          associated with influenza A(H1)pdm09and one with A(H3).
                           There were no reports of any confirmed influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period.
                           Three acute respiratory outbreaks in residential care facilities/community hospitals were reported during
                          week 2 2014 to HPSC (via Ireland?s Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System).
                           The 2013/2014 influenza season appears to be slowly getting started in European countries. In North
                          America influenza activity has sharply increased over recent weeks, with influenza A(H1N1)pdm09
                          predominating.
                          ...
                          Twitter: @RonanKelly13
                          The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Re: Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

                            Influenza Surveillance in Ireland ? Weekly Report
                            Influenza Week 3 2014 (13th ? 19th January 2014)

                            Summary
                             Several indicators of influenza activity increased in Ireland during week 3 2014; however activity still
                            remained at low levels. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity peaked during week 1 2014; and has
                            decreased each week for the last two consecutive weeks.
                             The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 13.7 per 100,000 population during week 3
                            2014, a slight increase compared to the updated rate of 12.3 per 100,000 during week 2 2014.
                             ILI rates remained below the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population)
                             ILI rates remained at low levels in all age groups, although were increasing in those aged 65 years
                            and older.
                             Influenza positivity increased during week 3 2014, with 33 (15.9%) influenza positive specimens reported
                            from the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL): 18 influenza A(H1)pdm09, 13 influenza A(H3), 1
                            influenza A (not subtyped) and 1 influenza B.
                             Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity decreased during week 3 2014, with 25 (13.1%) RSV positive
                            specimens reported from the NVRL.
                             Sporadic detections of adenovirus, human metapneumovirus and parainfluenza viruses have been
                            reported from the NVRL for the 2013/2014 season to date.
                             Eleven confirmed influenza A hospitalised cases were reported to HPSC during week 3 2014, bringing the
                            total number of hospitalised cases reported this season to 28.
                             Five confirmed influenza cases were admitted to ICU and reported to HPSC to date this season, three
                            associated with influenza A(H1)pdm09and two with A(H3).
                             There were no reports of any confirmed influenza-associated deaths occurring during this period.
                             No acute respiratory outbreaks were reported during week 3 2014 to HPSC (via Ireland?s Computerised
                            Infectious Disease Reporting System).
                             The 2013/2014 influenza season has now started in European countries with increasing ILI rates and
                            influenza positivity being reported by a number of countries.
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                              Re: Ireland Influenza Surveillance 2013-2014

                              Influenza Week 4 2014 (20th ? 26th January 2014)


                              Summary
                               Influenza activity continued to gradually increase in Ireland during week 4 2014.
                               The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 17.7 per 100,000 population during week 4
                              2014, a slight increase compared to the updated rate of 14.7 per 100,000 during week 3 2014.
                               ILI rates remained below the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population).
                               ILI rates remained at low levels in all age groups.
                               Influenza positivity remained stable during week 4 2014, with 39 (16.0%) influenza positive specimens
                              reported from the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL): 29 influenza A(H3), 8 influenza
                              A(H1)pdm09 and 2 influenza A (not subtyped).
                               Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity remained stable during week 4 2014, with 37 (16.2%) RSV
                              positive specimens reported from the NVRL.
                               Sporadic detections of adenovirus, human metapneumovirus and parainfluenza viruses have been
                              reported from the NVRL for the 2013/2014 season to date.
                               Twelve confirmed influenza A hospitalised cases were reported to HPSC during week 4 2014, bringing the
                              total number of hospitalised cases reported this season to 38.
                               Seven confirmed influenza cases were admitted to ICU and reported to HPSC to date this season, three
                              associated with influenza A(H1)pdm09 and four with A(H3).
                               One confirmed influenza-associated death was reported to HPSC this season, associated with influenza
                              A(H1)pdm09.
                               Five acute respiratory outbreaks were reported during week 4 2014 to HPSC (via Ireland?s Computerised
                              Infectious Disease Reporting System), four in residential care facilities and one in a secondary school.
                               Influenza transmission increased across Europe in week 3 2014. In North America, influenza activity
                              remained high in recent weeks, with influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 predominant.
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