Infectious diseases reports

Surveillance is vital for managing and controlling infectious diseases.

Our microbiology department is continually monitoring the infectious diseases circulating in our region. It draws on the information it gathers to provide you with easy-to-read, up-to-the-minute reports.

 

Respiratory virus reports

Weekly reports of significant infectious diseases circulating in our area of service. Updates are made mid-week.

 The data comprises results of direct detection of respiratory viruses using PCR and does not include serological results (indirect detection of specific antibodies). The molecular diagnosis of respiratory infections has now become the mainstay of diagnosis providing much more timely diagnosis of acute infection.

Arbovirus reports

Weekly reports of significant infectious diseases circulating in our area of service. Updates are made mid-week.

The data comprises results of serology for three important arboviruses: Ross River, Barmah Forest and Chikungunya viruses.

Pertussis reports

The laboratory diagnosis of pertussis is important for both individual patient management and public health responses. Weekly reports containing summary data for Bordetella pertussis tesing based on results of molecular testing (PCR) and serology (BPTIgG).

The data comprises of pertussis PCR and serology results, as well as combined PCR and serological diagnosed cases reported by week and current year.

Clostridium difficile reports

Weekly reports of Clostridium difficile isolations according to the origin of the sample received. Updates are made mid-week.

The data comprises results of infections acquired in hospital, residential aged care and the community.

Faecal enteropathogens reports

Weekly reports of significant infectious diseases circulating in our area of service. Updates are made mid-week.

The data comprises results of direct detection of the five most common faecal parasites and bacterial enteropathogens using PCR and culture.

Antibiogram reports

Aggregated yearly reports of cumulative antibiograms are available for community patients, those originating in residential aged care facilities and those who are in hospital.

The reports have been constructed in accordance with the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care.

They can be a useful resource for local antimicrobial stewardship groups to inform empirical therapy recommendations per therapeutic guidelines and formulary management.