Friday, 24 January 2014

Influenza in Queensland, Australia...

Image adapted from Geoscience Australia,
The Australian Government.
http://www-a.ga.gov.au/web_temp/1531782/61756.pdf
Hot, humid and sunny are the conditions here just now. Although some rain around too-stormy rain with big dumps of water an flash flooding. Must be summer.

In the previous week's Queensland Health Statewide Communicable Disease Surveillance Report it looks as though we have a slight uptick in laboratory confirmed influenza cases so far this year (this is in total numbers, not proportions of samples tested, so take the value with a grain of NaCl) compared to the year-to-date totals for 2013 and 2012 in Queensland Australia.


As of the the 13-Jan update (data from 12.1.2014)


  • 106 case notifications in 2014
  • 73 cases by this time in 2013
  • 41 cases by this time in 2012
  • 144 cases by this time in 2011
  • 21 cases by this time in 2010
  • 12 cases by this time in 2009