This report provides an update on seasonal respiratory pathogen activity for the week ending 07 May 2017. 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.
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 low level community circulation of influenza is still ongoing. Although Influenza A(H3N2) dominated the season the predominant circulating strain in the tail end of our season is now influenza B.
The levels of most non-influenza respiratory pathogens were within expected seasonal levels in the last four weeks with the exception of parainfluenza, Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MPN), rhinovirus and coronavirus which exceeded expected levels in at least one of the last four weeks in sentinel and non-sentinel sources.