This report provides an update on seasonal respiratory pathogen activity reports for the 2015/16 season for the week ending 13 December 2015. 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 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 influenza activity remained low and stable. Virological influenza activity suggests that there is evidence of low levels of community circulation of influenza.
The levels of winter respiratory pathogens reported through non-sentinel sources (ECOSS) remain within expected seasonal levels with the exception of human metapneumovirus (hMPV), levels of which were slightly higher than expected at this time of the year. In sentinel sources, parainfluenza levels were slightly above expected seasonal levels. All other respiratory pathogens were within expected seasonal levels for week 50. Increased detections of RSV are consistent with the annual RSV wave.