This report provides an update on seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the 2015/16
season for the week ending 21 February 2016. For this season, we will provide detailed
influenza update reports once a month with bulletin style weekly updates in the weeks in
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 as measured by community presentations is
increasing and approaching threshold for normal seasonal activity and continuing to have
moderate burden on hospital services as evidenced by new cases requiring intensive care
management. Continuing community circulation of influenza is further evidenced by increased
virology reports of influenza. In those viruses characterised, influenza A (H1N1) pdm2009
appears to be the main virus identified thus far this season.
In week 7, Mycoplasma pneumoniae and rhinovirus detections have decreased. The levels of all seasonal respiratory pathogens (with the exception of coronavirus) reported through
sentinel and non-sentinel sources (ECOSS), were stable and within expected seasonal levels.