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Last week
19th March 2023 - 1st April 2023
# Norovirus
Public urged to be aware of winter vomiting bug symptoms as cases rise
In the first 10 weeks of 2023, there have been 394 cases of norovirus recorded.
This year
Public health reform taking off - but success depends on State tackling inequality
A report by
Peter McGuire
Targets for recruiting public health staff are mainly on track, an investigation by Noteworthy reports.
This follows two decades of campaigning, with experts saying initial improvements are only the beginning
Data collection and analysis lag behind, with improved systems vital to make an impact
Expert: 'Public health medicine doctors were treated as second-class professionals for a long time'
Last year
# rsv
Parent of child transferred to Sweden for emergency RSV treatment calls for stronger virus messaging
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre says recent RSV figures are ‘substantially’ higher than other years.
# rsv
Last week saw the highest number of cases of RSV Ireland has ever recorded in one week
There were 648 RSV cases, including 282 hospital inpatients with RSV, recorded last week.
# Outbreak
Health probe underway into increase in E. Coli cases in Mid-West HSE area
29 cases were recorded in the week preceding 27 August, 7 of which were in the Mid-West region.
# Covid-19
Hundreds of thousands of Long Covid sufferers could cripple health service says Denis Naughten
Denis Naughten TD has called on Government to treat long Covid patients with the same urgency as the initial Covid-19 infections.
# monkeypox
Number of Irish monkeypox cases rises to 101
This is an increase of four cases from Wednesday 3 August.
# monkeypox
Number of monkeypox cases in Ireland rises to 97
Most cases here are not linked to travel from countries where the virus is endemic.
# covid19
Official Covid case numbers 'just the tip of the iceberg' as subvariants lead to summer surge
Last week there was a more than 50% jump in reported case numbers.
Coronavirus: 5,883 new cases and 1,182 patients in hospital, including 58 in ICU
The Department of Health announced the figures in a statement this afternoon.
# Flu
Flu viruses now circulating in Ireland with reported rise in cases over past week
The HPSC said flu activity “significantly increased” last week.
All time
# winter flu season
Three confirmed cases of the flu last week
No flu hospitalised or critical-care cases were notified during the past six weeks.
# Flu
HPSC reports no new cases of flu for second week
Cases of another common respiratory virus are on the rise.
# Flu
'Early days' for the spread of the flu as no cases reported in the last week
The HPSC has not recorded any flu cases in the last week.
# Influenza
Ireland's first two flu cases of the season have been confirmed
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said global flu detections have increased in recent weeks, “albeit at low levels”.
The HSE recently launched its winter flu vaccine programme, with children aged 2-17 offered a flu nasal spray.
Usually in Ireland, 200-500 people die from the flu each winter - but there were no recorded cases last year.
The HPSC has said that global flu detections have increased in recent weeks, "albeit at low levels".
'No evidence' yet of flu circulating but HSE urges people to 'be prepared' for winter
# Vaccines
70% of Covid-19 patients admitted to ICU in the last six months were unvaccinated
There have been 70 fully vaccinated people admitted to ICU with a breakthrough infection since April.
# syphilis
Syphilis outbreak partly caused by 'significant restrictions' on access to testing during Covid
The number of cases are exceeding those seen before the Covid-19 pandemic.
# Nursing Homes
Hiqa report reveals some main factors behind Covid-19 outbreaks in nursing homes
Community incidence rates near homes and the number of beds within homes were among the factors.
# Coronavirus
National Covid-19 wastewater surveillance programme to begin next month
The programme will measure the level of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater within 68 wastewater catchment areas.
# covid19
HSE's disease surveillance centre receives €3m funding boost for 43 permanent roles
The HPSC is Ireland’s specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases.
# covid19
How this week's Covid-19 data compares to last week
On day one of Level 5 let’s look at the spread of Covid-19 in Ireland – and how the data compares with last week.
There are 2,475 'open' outbreaks of Covid-19 in Ireland with 522 new outbreaks notified last week
The HPSC published its latest report on outbreaks and clusters in Ireland this morning.
INMO backs decision to publish ethnicity data for healthcare workers who contract Covid-19
Data from the UK suggests that BAME healthcare workers were more likely to die from Covid-19.
# Dublin
Pubs and restaurants expected to close, but the data around Covid outbreaks paints a complex picture
The industry has said that few cases are linked to pubs and restaurants but international studies suggest dining out could be a factor in the spread of the disease.
Data shows Ireland's 14-day incidence rate now 46.8, Dublin double that at 89.1
Dublin – which has seen a spike in cases since late August – is highest at 89.1 while Sligo is the lowest at 3.1 per 100,000.
# flu season
HSE set to face difficult task in reaching flu vaccination targets for healthcare staff
Rates of healthcare worker vaccine uptake, particularly in nursing homes, remain low.
# covid19
New data shows 2,018 Covid-19 outbreaks in private homes
The total number of workplace outbreaks is 85, including 31 in meat processing plants.
# factcheck
Debunked: The claims in this Facebook video about suicide figures and number of Covid deaths in Ireland are inaccurate
In the video, Ben Gilroy makes a number of false and misleading claims about coronavirus and suicide in Ireland.
# Misinformation
FactFind: No, it's not correct to say just 100 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland
A widely shared Facebook video incorrectly claims that 100 people, not 1,777, have died because of the virus in Ireland.
# new guidelines
Social distancing rules mean it's inevitable students won't be back in school full-time - ASTI
Teachers’ unions will appear before the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee today.
Healthcare staff 'considered immune' for three months after recovering from Covid-19
Guidance regarding immunity and healthcare workers was compiled by the HSE.
A total of 36 children aged under 15 have been hospitalised with Covid-19
The latest county-by-county breakdown shows Leitrim, Sligo, Waterford and Carlow have the least amount of cases.
# Coronavirus
There are now 99 clusters of Covid-19 in nursing homes and residential settings around Ireland
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan confirmed the increase in clusters this evening.
# outbreaks
50 clusters of Covid-19 identified in nursing homes, new health data shows
This number of clusters rose by ten in the space of one day, according to data from the HPSC.
Harris announces new supports for nursing homes after 40 clusters identified across the country
Figures correct as of midnight on Wednesday were released this morning by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
# Outbreak
New figures show 38 clusters of Covid-19 in Ireland's nursing homes
Nursing homes now account for 23.8% of Covid-19 clusters in the country.
# data breakdown
New report shows there are now 118 clusters of Covid-19 in Ireland, with 24 in nursing homes
That’s according to the latest data by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
Most Irish coronavirus cases contracted in Ireland - new stats give full breakdown on Covid-19
Three children under the age of one have contracted the virus so far.
# mumps
Dublin universities send warnings to students over mumps outbreak in the capital
In September, Health Protection Surveillance Centre was notified of 69 cases of mumps.
# Vaccine
Another measles outbreak confirmed, this time in north Dublin
There have been five cases since the start of February.