This report provides an update on influenza and other seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the week ending 19 October 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), 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 viral pathogens from non-sentinel sources (ECOSS), increased but remained within expected seasonal levels for parainfluenza, adenovirus, rhinovirus and Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MPN) but were low and within expected seasonal levels for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), coronavirus and human metapneumovirus (hMPV).
Levels of non-influenza viral pathogens from sentinel sources are low and in line with expected seasonal levels with the exception of rhinovirus and MPN, which levels increased but remained within expected seasonal levels.