This report provides an update on influenza and other seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the week ending 09 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.
The levels of non-influenza pathogens (coronavirus, parainfluenza, adenovirus, and rhinovirus reported from non-sentinel sources (ECOSS)), were stable and in line with expected seasonal levels, whereas the levels of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MPN) increased but remained within expected seasonal levels. The levels of human metapneumovirus (hMPV) increased and were higher than the expected levels at this time of the year.
The levels of non-influenza pathogens (respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), coronavirus, human metapneumovirus (hMPV), adenovirus, parainfluenza, rhinovirus and MPN), reported from sentinel sources were low and in line with expected seasonal levels.