Influenza update

24 October 2013- Update number 197


• Although in many European countries influenza-like illness activity started to increase, influenza detections in the northern hemisphere temperate zones remained low.
• In the regions of tropical Asia influenza activity was variable from country to country. In Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,China, influenza detections decreased, while in the south of China an increase in influenza detections was seen. In South East Asia, influenza dections decreased in Thailand, but increased in Viet Nam. In this area, co-circulation of influenza A(H3N2) and influenza B virus was reported.
• In the Caribbean region of Central America and tropical South America countries, reported cases of influenza A infection remained at low levels among most Caribbean islands and Central American countries. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) continued to predominate, but the RSV activity largely remained within expected seasonal levels.
• Influenza activity peaked in the temperate countries of South America and in South Africa in late June. Temperate South American countries reported co-circulation of influenza B and A (H3N2) in most countries, and while RSV activity continued to predominate, it showed an overall decreasing trend.
• In Australia and New Zealand, numbers of influenza viruses detected and rates of influenza-like illness decreased. Co-circulation of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, A(H3N2) and B viruses was reported in both countries.
• Additional and updated information on non-seasonal influenza viruses can be found at the link below.

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.


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