This report provides an update on seasonal respiratory pathogen activity reports for the 2015/16 season for the week ending 27 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 shows signs of a small increase. Virological influenza activity suggests evidence of low levels of community circulation of influenza.
In week 52, the levels of seasonal respiratory pathogens reported through sentinel and non-sentinel sources (ECOSS), were stable and within expected seasonal levels. Increased detections of RSV are consistent with the annual RSV wave.
Please note that due to the reduced number of working days in week 52, data in this report must be interpreted with caution.