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Respiratory Virus Testing

Updated 3 Oct 2022

RSV is still present, mostly in young children. 

Influenza has gone.

New cases of COVID-19 are uncommon now.  Inpatient COVID numbers have fallen and are currently down to around 20. We try to identify the majority of cases as they come in, many of whom have COVID contributing to their overall condition. 

Emergency Department patients with respiratory illness are now only routinely being tested for SARS-Cov-2, but under 5 year olds are also screened for RSV.  Asymptomatic patients admitted from ED are all being screened for SARS-CoV-2 by a loop mediated amplification (LAMP) test, which compares well with PCR and is sensitive enough to detect historical cases from 2 or 3 months ago.  RSV, Influenza and Adenovirus testing are available for any patient, on request.

Respiratory swabs received from the community (GPs) are tested for either SARS-CoV-2 alone or other viruses, as requested.

 

Dr Chris Mansell

Clinical Microbiologist

 

 

Latest laboratory specimen collection information can be found here

Clinical Update from Pathlab - Sputum Cytology Specimens

12 11 2019

Sputum Cytology Specimens Nov 2019

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NewWaikato Repiratory Virus Report - Week 40

09 10 2019

We are now in the “summer season”, with very small amounts of Influenza A and RSV still circulating.     This will be the last report for 2019.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2019 - Week 37

18 09 2019

Respiratory virus numbers are low now, with rhinoviruses and enteroviruses predominating.   pdf Waikato Respiratory Virus 2019 09 18

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2019 - Week 35

18 09 2019

Graphs show the relative timing of Influenza seasons form 2011 to 2019.   pdf Waikato Respiratory Virus 2019 09 04

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2019 - Week 33

23 08 2019

RSV is declining a little. Bordetella pertussis numbers have beent very low in 2019. pdf Waikato Respiratory Virus 2019 08 21

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