This report provides an update on influenza and other seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the week ending 02 November 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.
Influenza clinical and virological activity remained low overall.
Levels of non-influenza pathogens (respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), coronavirus, parainfluenza, adenovirus, rhinovirus, from non-sentinel sources (ECOSS), were low and in line with expected seasonal levels, whereas levels of Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MPN) increased but remained within expected seasonal levels. The levels of human metapneumovirus (hMPV) increased and were above expected levels at this time of the year.
Levels of non-influenza pathogens from sentinel sources were low and in line with expected seasonal levels with the exception of parainfluenza which levels increased but remained within expected seasonal levels.