Journal article

High proportion of influenza B characterises the 2008 influenza season in Victoria.

Kristina A Grant, Kylie Carville, James E Fielding, Ian G Barr, Michaela A Riddell, Thomas Tran, Heath A Kelly

Commun Dis Intell Q Rep | Published : 2009

Abstract

The 2008 influenza season in Victoria was distinctive because of the increased proportion of influenza-like illness (ILI) cases due to influenza B infection and the lateness of the season compared with preceding years. Influenza activity fell within the bounds of normal seasonal activity thresholds. The average rate of ILI reported by general practitioners participating in sentinel surveillance was 5.5 cases per 1,000 consultations, peaking at 13.4 cases per 1,000 consultations. The average ILI rate reported by the Melbourne Medical Deputising Service was 5.1 cases per 1,000 consultations over the season peaking at 16.2 cases per 1,000 consultations at the same time as peak rates were report..

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