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. Updates are made mid-week.


Respiratory virus reports

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.

Data includes influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza, human metapneumovirus, adenovirus, rhinovirus and coronavirus.

SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) reports

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and now SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) causing a global pandemic.

This report outlines testing at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology by week for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 causing the disease COVID-19. Testing commenced 19th February 2020.


Arbovirus reports

Arboviruses are a group of viral infections transmitted by the bite of anthropods, most commonly mosquitoes.

The data comprises results of serology for Zika, Ross River, Barmah Forest and Chikungunya viruses.

Pertussis reports

Data for Bordetella pertussis testing based on results of molecular testing (PCR) and serology (BPT IgG).

The data comprises of pertussis PCR and serology results, as well as combined PCR and serological diagnosed cases.

Clostridium difficile reports

Weekly reports of Clostridium difficile isolations according to the origin of the sample received. 

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

Faecal enteropathogens reports

The data comprises results of direct detection of the five most common faecal parasites and bacterial enteropathogens using PCR and culture, namely Campylobacter, Salmonella, Aeromonas, Yersinia and Shigella/EIEC.

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.