WEEKLY RESPIRATORY PATHOGENS SURVEILLANCE REPORT FOR WEEK 36 (2021)
- Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity remains below seasonal threshold in both influenza-like illness (ILI) and pneumonia surveillance programmes.
- Nine new cases of influenza from North West (n=3), Gauteng (n=1) and Western Cape (n=5) surveillance sites were detected in week36. To date, 94 influenza cases have been detected from Gauteng, Western Cape, North West, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal sentinel surveillance sites. The influenza season has not started.
- From 2 March 2020 to 12 September 2021, a total of 2 830 COVID-19 cases were detected from all surveillance programmes. A decline in detection rate has been noted in both pneumonia surveillance programme and ILI programme in week36. Of the 1 851 hospitalised COVID-19 cases reported with available data on outcome, 312 (17%) died.