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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

Waikato Respiratory Virus Report Week 51

22 12 2020

A variety of respiratory viruses are circulating in the Waikato but Influenza, RSV and SARS-CoV-2 remain absent.    Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2020 12 22

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Gentamicin Monitoring

21 12 2020

Supply of gentamicin level monitoring test reagents has been interrupted and we may suddenly be unable to test it at all.   A new supply is expected later in January.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report Week 47

25 11 2020

We’re seeing a wide diversity of respiratory viruses in the Waikato at present and anecdotally increased numbers of children presenting with more severe illness.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus 2020 Week 45

09 11 2020

Rhinoviruses, seasonal coronaviruses and adenoviruses are present but Influenza, RSV and SARS-CoV-2 are not circulating in the Waikato.   Thank you for continuing to send in swabs for COVID-19 testing.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus 2020 Week 43

27 10 2020

It’s summer season for viruses already and we are seeing just a few rhinovirus and adenovirus. Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2020 10 27

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