The period of intensive Influenza surveillance for 2013/14 has ended. This is the first of our monthly bulletin reports over the summer period. It provides an update on influenza and other viral respiratory pathogen activity for the previous four weeks. Over the summer (weeks 21-39) an influenza update report will be published every four weeks unless influenza (or other viral respiratory pathogen) activity increases significantly.
This report contains summary epidemiological information on influenza-like illness (ILI) and other viral respiratory pathogen activity and provides a continuing commentary on any potential resurgence in clinical activity from influenza and any other respiratory viruses over the summer period.
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.
As expected for this time of year in Scotland, clinical and virological influenza activity is low overall. Levels of non-influenza viral pathogens are in line with expected inter-seasonal levels, with exception of parainfluenza and rhinovirus, which were above expected levels for this time of the year.
As community circulation of influenza is now low, GP antiviral prescribing in primary care can now be discontinued. However, antivirals can still be prescribed in hospitals and in community outbreaks where clinically appropriate.
A guidance document has been issued by HPS with recommendations for the antiviral treatment and prophylaxis of influenza for the season 2013-14.