This report provides an update on influenza and other seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the week ending 16 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.
Levels of non-influenza pathogens (coronavirus, parainfluenza, Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MPN), human metapneumovirus (hMPV) and rhinovirus reported from non-sentinel sources (ECOSS)), were stable and in line with expected seasonal levels, whereas the levels of adenovirus increased but remained within expected seasonal levels. Increasing detections of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are consistent with the start of the annual RSV wave.
Levels of non-influenza pathogens from sentinel sources were low and in line with expected seasonal levels with the exception of human metapneumovirus (hMPV) levels of which increased and were above seasonal levels at this time of the year.