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Respiratory Virus Testing

Updated 9 Dec 2022

RSV is still present in low numbers, mostly in young children. 

Influenza is not circulating, but we are seeing occasional cases come in with travellers from the Northern Hemisphere.

New cases of COVID-19 are still occuring.  Inpatient COVID numbers are steady at about 20 most days. 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 Report - Week 34

25 08 2020

SARS-CoV-2 testing has been very active in the Waikato over the past 2 weeks, after a new cluster was found in Auckland and some cases had already travelled to the Waikato.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report - Week 33

19 08 2020

We tested a large number of samples for SARS-CoV-2 from Thursday last week onwards.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report - Week 32

11 08 2020

Respiratory viral diversity has been bottlenecked during the COVID level 3 and 4 shutdown and has not yet recovered.   Influenza and RSV remain absent.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report - Week 30

30 07 2020

Influenza A and RSV remain absent.   A few weakly positive SARS-CoV-2 results have been found in travellers in managed isolation facilities.

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Waikato Respiratory Virus Report - week 28

17 07 2020

Respiratory virus testing numbers have fallen off.   Ther is some rhinovirus around, but no Influenza, RSV or SARS-CoV-2. Waikato Respiratory Virus Report 2020 07 14    

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