This report provides an update on seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the 2015/16 season for the week ending 27 March 2016. For this season, we will provide detailed influenza update reports once a month 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.
In Scotland, clinical influenza activity as measured by community presentations is increasing and approaching threshold for normal season 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 virological reports of influenza however, detections are decreasing when compared to previous weeks. In those viruses characterised, influenza A (H1N1) pdm2009 is the main virus identified thus far this season.
In week 12, detections of coronavirus reported through non-sentinel sources have increased. The levels of all other seasonal respiratory pathogens reported through sentinel and non-sentinel sources (ECOSS), were stable and within expected seasonal levels.