Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) laboratory-confirmed

This document contains the case definitions for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) which is nationally notifiable within Australia. This definition should be used to determine whether a case should be notified.

Page last updated: 30 June 2021

Surveillance case definition


Summary of changes

Endorsement date

Implementation date


Initial CDNA case definition

CDNA 11 June 2021

1 July 2021


Only confirmed cases should be notified.

Confirmed cases

A confirmed case requires laboratory definitive evidence only.

Laboratory definitive evidence

  1. Isolation of respiratory syncytial virus by cell culture
  2. OR

  3. Detection of respiratory syncytial virus by nucleic acid testing
  4. OR

  5. Detection of respiratory syncytial virus antigen
  6. OR

  7. Seroconversion, or a significant increase in antibody level such as a fourfold or greater rise in titre, to respiratory syncytial virus between paired sera of immunoglobulin G (IgG) or total antibody

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