This report provides an update on seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the 2015/16 season for the week ending 06 March 2016. For this season, we will provide detailed influenza update reports once a month 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 as measured by community presentations is stable but shows signs of a continuing moderate burden on hospital services as evidenced by new cases requiring intensive care management. Continuing community circulation of influenza is further evidenced by increased virology reports of influenza with detections of influenza B increasing. In those viruses characterised, influenza A (H1N1) pdm2009 is the main virus identified thus far this season.
In week 9, detections of coronavirus through non-sentinel sources have increased. The levels of all other seasonal respiratory pathogens reported through sentinel and non-sentinel sources (ECOSS), were stable and within expected seasonal levels, with the exception of Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MPN), levels of which remain high and above seasonal expectations.