HPS publish annual gastrointestinal surveillance reports for 2018
Health Protection Scotland (HPS) published the following gastrointestinal surveillance reports for 2018:
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.
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.
There were 12 cases of Listeriamonocytogenes 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.
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.
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.