The period of intensive Influenza surveillance for 2016/17 has ended. This is the third 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 13 August 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 continues to decrease. Virological activity for influenza remains low as would be expected this time of year. Influenza B is no longer the dominant strain and swab positivity for any flu type is low.
The levels of coronavirus reported through the non-sentinel sources (ECOSS) were slightly higher than seasonal expectations for weeks 29 and 31. All other respiratory pathogens were within the expected seasonal levels.