This report provides an update on seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the 2015/16 season for the week ending 3 April 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 13, detections of coronavirus and Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MPN) reported through non-sentinel sources (ECOSS) and adenovirus reported through sentinel sources, have increased and are above expected at this time of the year. The levels of all other seasonal respiratory pathogens were stable and within expected seasonal levels.