This report provides an update on seasonal respiratory pathogen activity reports for the 2015/16 season for the week ending 10 January 2016. 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.
In Scotland, clinical influenza activity shows signs of a small increase. Virological influenza activity suggests evidence of community circulation of influenza. In those viruses characterised, influenza A (H1N1) pdm2009 appears to be the main virus identified thus far this season.
In week 1, the levels of seasonal respiratory pathogens reported through sentinel and non-sentinel sources (ECOSS), were within expected seasonal levels except for Mycoplasma pneumoniae and rhinovirus. The annual RSV wave appears to have peaked.