This report provides an update on influenza and other seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the week ending 01 December 2013. 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.
In Scotland, clinical and virological influenza activity is low overall. Increasing detections of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are consistent with the start of the annual RSV wave. Levels of parainfluenza and rhinovirus were increased and slightly above seasonally expected levels. Levels of adenovirus and human metapneumovirus reported through the GP sentinel scheme and ECOSS, were slightly increased, but remained within seasonally expected levels. The levels of all other non-influenza seasonal pathogens, reported through the GP sentinel scheme and ECOSS, remained low and within expected seasonal levels.