This report provides an update on seasonal respiratory pathogen activity reports for the 2015/16 season for the week ending 29 November 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 remained low and stable. Virological influenza activity suggests that there is evidence of low levels of community circulation of influenza.
The levels of winter respiratory pathogens reported through non-sentinel sources (ECOSS) mostly remain within expected seasonal levels with the exception of human metapneumovirus rhinovirus and parainfluenza which were slightly above expected levels. Levels of winter respiratory pathogens reported through sentinel sources were within expected seasonal levels for the last week, with the exception of parainfluenza and rhinovirus which were slightly above expected levels.