HPS publish annual gastrointestinal surveillance reports for 2018

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) published the following gastrointestinal surveillance reports for 2018: 

Hepatitis A 

In 2018, there were 34 cases of Hepatitis A reported to HPS. This is lower than that reported in 2017 when 153 cases were reported. However, these reports in 2017 included 91 cases associated with a foodborne outbreak of Hepatitis A focused in NHS Lanarkshire.​

Hepatitis E 

​​​​In 2018, HPS received 112 reports of Hepatitis E , with a rate of 2.1 cases per 100,000 population. This is a decline of 34.5% and 50.4% when compared with case numbers in 2017 and 2016 respectively.​

​​Listeria monocytogenes 

There were 12 cases of Listeria​monocytogenes reported in 2018, a slight decline on the 17 cases reported in 2017, and reflects the random year on year variation seen in the small number of cases.

Norovirus

​​​In 2018, HPS received 1,491 laboratory reports of norovirus, a rate of 16.3 per 100,000. This was an increase of 514 (52.6%) on the 977 reports received in 2017.​

Shigella

​​In 2018, there were 115 reports of Shigella in Scotland, 112 (97.4%) of which were further speciated. This is an increase when compared with the 38 reports (59.4%) in 2017 and 44 reports (50.6%) in 2016.​

The surveillance reports can be read on the HPS website here.

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