The period of intensive Influenza surveillance for 2016/17 has ended. This is the first of our monthly bulletin reports over the summer period. It provides an update on influenza and other viral respiratory pathogen activity for the previous four weeks ending 18 June 2017. Over the summer (weeks 21-39) an influenza update report will be published every four weeks unless influenza (or other viral respiratory pathogen) activity increases significantly.
In Scotland, clinical influenza activity in primary care is stable and remains low and clinical activity in secondary care is decreasing. Virological influenza activity is stable and low suggesting that a low level community circulation of influenza is still ongoing. Although Influenza A(H3N2) dominated the season the predominant circulating strain at this time is influenza B.
The levels of rhinovirus reported through the non-sentinel sources (ECOSS) were slightly higher than seasonal expectations for week 21. All other respiratory pathogens were within the expected seasonal levels.