Respiratory Infections


Respiratory Infections

Record Detail

HPS National Influenza Report - Month ending 19 January 2014 23 Jan 2014

This is the fourth monthly report of the 2013/14 influenza season. This report provides an update on influenza and other seasonal respiratory pathogen activity to the week ending 19 January 2014. 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.

The GP consultation rate for influenza-like illness (ILI) and the threshold for normal seasonal activity have been calculated using a new method this season which the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is recommending should be used across the EU. Please refer to the technical document for further information.

A guidance document has been issued by HPS with recommendations for the antiviral treatment and prophylaxis of influenza for the season 2013-14.

Clinical influenza activity fluctuated over the last four weeks but remained below the threshold for normal seasonal activity overall. Virological influenza activity as reported through sentinel and non-sentinel sources, started to increase.

From week 52 2013 to week 3 2014, five laboratory confirmed influenza cases with severe infection requiring intensive care management were reported to HPS (five A(H1N1)pdm09).

Over the last four weeks, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and rhinovirus levels started to decrease. Levels of human metapneumovirus were increased and slightly above seasonally expected levels. Levels of parainfluenza, adenovirus and coronavirus, reported through the GP sentinel scheme and ECOSS, were increased, but remained within seasonally expected levels. Levels of Mycoplasma pneumoniae, reported through the GP sentinel scheme and ECOSS, remained low and within expected seasonal levels.

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