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HPS Monthly National Influenza Report - week ending 12 February 2017 16 Feb 2017
  • This report provides an update on seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the week ending 12 February 2017. For this season, we will provide detailed influenza update reports on a monthly basis with bulletin style weekly updates in the weeks in between.
  • This report contains summary epidemiological information on influenza-like illness (ILI) and acute respiratory illness (ARI) activity, its severity and impact in the community and secondary care settings, and vaccine uptake estimates.
  • In Scotland, clinical influenza activity in primary care is stable and remains low and clinical activity in secondary care is decreasing. Virological influenza activity suggests that community circulation of influenza may be decreasing.
  • The levels of non-flu respiratory pathogens reported through sentinel sources were within expected seasonal levels for the last four weeks with the exception of rhinovirus. The levels reported through the non-sentinel sources (ECOSS) were higher than expected seasonal levels on at least one of the last four weeks for coronavirus, parainfluenza and Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MPN).
  • Current respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) detection levels in non-sentinel and sentinel sources are at low levels suggesting the annual RSV wave may be over.
  • A CMO letter, recommending that antiviral drugs can now be prescribed for the prevention or treatment of influenza in the community where clinically indicated was issued on 23 December 2016 and is available here.
Publisher(s)
  • Health Protection Scotland
Last Updated : 16/02/2017