HPS Weekly National Seasonal Respiratory Report - week ending 17 November 2019

Publication Date: 21 November 2019

Overall assessment:

  • Influenza activity was at Baseline levels in the community and in closed settings.
  • A Scottish addendum to the Public Health England guidance on use of antiviral agents for the treatment and prophylaxis of seasonal influenza has been published on the HPS website.

In week 46:

  • The rate of influenza-like illness (ILI) was at Baseline activity level (6.4 per 100,000).
  • The proportion of NHS24 respiratory calls was at Low activity level (19.9%).
  • The swab positivity of influenza in primary care was at Baseline activity level (23.3%, 7/30).
  • The swab positivity of influenza in secondary care was at Low activity level (7.7%, 60/780).
  • The incidence rate of influenza in secondary care was at Baseline activity level (1.1 per 100,000 population).
  • Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) was at Low activity level. The number of RSV detections increased and breached the threshold in week 42 into Low activity level indicating the start of the annual RSV season.
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Rhinovirus were at Low activity level. The rest of the non-flu respiratory pathogens were at Baseline activity levels.
  • There was 1 new acute respiratory illness outbreak reported (Baseline activity level).
  • There were no cases reported of laboratory confirmed influenza with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) requiring intensive care management (Baseline activity level).
  • There were no SARI deaths reported.
  • The all-cause mortality excess was at Baseline activity level in week 44.‚Äč

Resource information

Publisher:
Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Surveillance Report