Influenza experts never thought they would see the scenario currently unfolding in Australia.
In a month when flu cases are normally rising to a peak, no deaths have been reported anywhere in the country for the year to date. And according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the last Australian death officially attributed to influenza was recorded in July 2020.
Professor Ian Barr is the Deputy Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza at the Doherty Institute. He is frank when asked if he ever imagined the current situation; just 435 cases notified to the Australian Influenza Surveillance Report so far this year and no hospital admissions.
‘No. It’s amazing. Never,’ he told newsGP.
And this is the only comment on the site, by one assumes a medical doctor, Dr Edgard Arslan. He wrote: