09 November 2012 - Update number 172
• Many countries of the Northern Hemisphere temperate region reported increasing detections of influenza viruses, particularly in North America and Western Europe, however none have crossed their seasonal threshold for ILI/ARI consultation rates.
• Several countries in the tropical areas experienced active transmission of influenza virus in recent weeks. In the Americas, Nicaragua and Costa Rica reported mainly influenza B virus detections. In Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Cambodia are all reporting a mixture of all three virus subtypes.
• In Sub-Saharan Africa, Cameroon and Ethiopia have reported an increase in influenza virus detections.
• Influenza activity in the temperate countries of the Southern Hemisphere is at inter-seasonal levels. A review of the 2012 southern hemisphere influenza season was published in the Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 2 November 2012, vol. 87, 44 (pp. 421–436)
Source of data
The Global Influenza Programme monitors influenza activity worldwide and publishes an update every two weeks.
The updates are based on available epidemiological and virological data sources, including FluNet (reported by the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System) and influenza reports from WHO Regional Offices and Member States. Completeness can vary among updates due to availability and quality of data available at the time when the update is developed.