Epidemic Situation

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NATIONAL WEEKLY INFLUENZA BULLETIN OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

week 50 of 2022 (12.12.22 - 18.12.22)

Summary

Influenza and ARI incidence data. Influenza and other ARI activity increase of influenza and other ARI activity in Russia in comparison with previous week. The nationwide ILI and ARI morbidity level (161.3 per 10 000 of population) was higher than national baseline (70.0) by 130.4%.

Etiology of ILI & ARI. Among 9668 patients investigation 2436 (25.2%) respiratory samples were positive for influenza, including 2094 cases of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 in 45 cities, 26 cases of influenza A(H3N2) in 5 cities, 180 cases of influenza A unsubtyped in 9 cities and 136 cases of influenza B in 25 cities.

75 influenza viruses were isolated on MDCK cell culture, including: 64 influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses in Astrakhan (3), Vladivostok (7), Yekaterinburg (2), Kaliningrad (2), Moscow (3), Samara (6) and Saint-Petersburg (25), Khabarovsk (16), 2 influenza A(H3N2) viruses in Khabarovsk and 9 influenza B viruses in Saint-Petersburg (2), Khabarovsk (2), Cheboksary (5). Since the beginning of the season, 215 viruses A(H1N1)pdm09, 2 viruses A(H3N2) and 23 viruses B have been isolated.

Antigenic characterization. Since the beginning of the season, 35 influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 have been antigenically characterized by the NICs, including: Moscow (24) and Saint-Petersburg (11) and 7 influenza B, including: Moscow (1) and Saint-Petersburg (6). All viruses A(H1N1)pdm09 were antigenically similar to reference strain A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09. 6 influenza B viruses were antigenically similar to reference strain В/Austria/1359417/2021 and 1 influenza B virus reacted with the reference virus antiserum to a 1:8 homologous titer.

ARVI detections. The overall proportion of respiratory samples tested positive for other ARVI (PIV, ADV, RSV, RhV, CoV, MPV, BoV) was estimated in total as 16.1% (PCR).

In sentinel surveillance system clinical samples from 71 SARI patients were investigated by rRT-PCR for influenza, among them 29 (40.8%) cases of influenza, including 20 cases of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, 6 cases influenza A unsubtyped and 3 cases of influenza B. 61 SARI patients were investigated for ARVI by rRT-PCR, among them 8 (13.1%) cases of ARVI recognized including 3 cases of RSV, 1 case of RhV, 1 case of CoV, 2 cases of MPV and 1 case of BoV infection. Among 66 SARI patients no cases positive for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 recognized.

Clinical samples from 68 ILI/ARI patients were investigated for influenza by rRT-PCR, among them 19 (27.9%) cases of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09. Among 55 ILI/ARI samples 10 (18.2%) cases positive for ARVI detected including 1 case of PIV, 3 cases of ADV, 1 case of RhV, 3 cases of CoV and 2 cases of MPV infection. 2 (3.3%) of 61 ILI/ARI patients were positive for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

COVID-19. Totally 21 743 302 cases and 393 220 deaths associated with COVID-19 were registered in Russia including 7 451 cases and 54 deaths in last 24 hours (on 12:00 of 22.12.2022). According to the data obtained by NIC in Saint-Petersburg totally 20 467 clinical samples were PCR investigated in last week. Among them coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 detected in 1379 (6.7%) cases.

Influenza and ARI morbidity data

Fig. 1. Influenza and ARVI morbidity in 61 cities under surveillance in Russia, seasons 2021/22 and 2022/23
Rates per 10 000 populationFig. 1. Influenza and ARVI morbidity in 61 cities under surveillance in Russia, seasons 2021/22 and 2022/23

Weeks

  • Morbidity 2022/23Morbidity 2022/23
  • Morbidity 2021/22Morbidity 2021/22
  • MEM baseline 2022/23MEM baseline 2022/23

Epidemiological data showed increase of influenza and other ARI activity in Russia in comparison with previous week. The nationwide ILI and ARI morbidity level (161.3 per 10 000 of population) was higher than national baseline (70.0) by 130.4%.

Fig. 2. Comparative data on incidence rate of clinically diagnosed influenza, seasons 2021/22 and 2022/23
Rates per 10 000 populationFig. 2. Comparative data on incidence rate of clinically diagnosed influenza, seasons 2021/22 and 2022/23

Weeks

  • Season 2022/23Season 2022/23
  • Season 2021/22Season 2021/22
  • MEM baselineMEM baseline

Incidence rate of clinically diagnosed influenza increased comparing to previous week and amounted to 1.79 per 10 000 of population, it was higer than pre-epidemic MEM baseline (0.060).

Fig. 3. Comparison of hospitalization rate with clinical diagnosis of influenza, seasons 2021/22 and 2022/23
Rates per 10 000 populationFig. 3. Comparison of hospitalization rate with clinical diagnosis of influenza, seasons 2021/22 and 2022/23

Weeks

  • Season 2022/23Season 2022/23
  • Season 2021/22Season 2021/22
  • MEM baselineMEM baseline

Hospitalization rate of clinically diagnosed influenza increased comparing to previous week and amounted to 0.68 per 10 000 of population, it was higer than pre-epidemic MEM baseline (0.040).

Influenza and ARVI laboratory testing results

Cumulative results of influenza laboratory diagnosis by rRT-PCR were submitted by 45 RBLs and two WHO NICs. According to these data as a result of 9668 patients investigation 2436 (25.2%) respiratory samples were positive for influenza, including 2094 cases of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 in 45 cities, 26 cases of influenza A(H3N2) in 5 cities, 180 cases of influenza A unsubtyped in 9 cities and 136 cases of influenza B in 25 cities.

75 influenza viruses were isolated on MDCK cell culture, including: 64 influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses in Astrakhan (3), Vladivostok (7), Yekaterinburg (2), Kaliningrad (2), Moscow (3), Samara (6) and Saint-Petersburg (25), Khabarovsk (16), 2 influenza A(H3N2) viruses in Khabarovsk and 9 influenza B viruses in Saint-Petersburg (2), Khabarovsk (2), Cheboksary (5). Since the beginning of the season, 215 viruses A(H1N1)pdm09, 2 viruses A(H3N2) and 23 viruses B have been isolated.

Antigenic characterization. Since the beginning of the season, 35 influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 have been antigenically characterized by the NICs, including: Moscow (24) and Saint-Petersburg (11) and 7 influenza B, including: Moscow (1) and Saint-Petersburg (6). All viruses A(H1N1)pdm09 were antigenically similar to reference strain A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09. 6 influenza B viruses were antigenically similar to reference strain В/Austria/1359417/2021 and 1 influenza B virus reacted with the reference virus antiserum to a 1:8 homologous titer.

Fig. 4. Geographic distribution of RT-PCR detected influenza viruses in cities under surveillance in Russia, week 50 of 2022
Fig. 4. Geographic distribution of RT-PCR detected influenza viruses in cities under surveillance in Russia, week 50 of 2022
PCR results
  • No dataNo data
  • No viruses detectedNo viruses detected
  • H1pdm09H1pdm09
  • H3H3
  • H3+H1pdm09H3+H1pdm09
  • BB
  • B+H1pdm09B+H1pdm09
  • B+H3B+H3
  • B+H3+H1pdm09B+H3+H1pdm09
  • A (not subt.)A (not subt.)
  • A (not subt.)+H1pdm09A (not subt.)+H1pdm09
  • A (not subt.)+H3A (not subt.)+H3
  • A (not subt.)+H3+H1pdm09A (not subt.)+H3+H1pdm09
  • A (not subt.)+BA (not subt.)+B
  • A (not subt.)+B+H1pdm09A (not subt.)+B+H1pdm09
  • A (not subt.)+B+H3A (not subt.)+B+H3
  • A (not subt.)+B+H3+H1pdm09A (not subt.)+B+H3+H1pdm09
Fig. 5. Monitoring of influenza viruses detection by RT-PCR in Russia, season 2022/23
Number of positive casesFig. 5. Monitoring of influenza viruses detection by RT-PCR in Russia, season 2022/23% positive

Weeks

  • H1pdm09H1pdm09
  • H3H3
  • BB
  • A (not subt.)A (not subt.)
  • % positive% positive
Fig. 6. Monitoring of ARVI detection by RT-PCR in Russia, season 2022/23
Number of positive casesFig. 6. Monitoring of ARVI detection by RT-PCR in Russia, season 2022/23

Weeks

  • PIVPIV
  • ADVADV
  • RSVRSV
  • RhVRhV
  • CoVCoV
  • MPVMPV
  • BoVBoV

ARVI detections. The overall proportion of respiratory samples tested positive for other ARVI (PIV, ADV, RSV, RhV, CoV, MPV, BoV) estimated as 16.1% of investigated samples by PCR.

Fig. 7. Monitoring of influenza viruses isolation in Russia, season 2022/23
Number of positive casesFig. 7. Monitoring of influenza viruses isolation in Russia, season 2022/23% positive

Weeks

  • H1pdm09H1pdm09
  • H3H3
  • BB
  • % positive% positive

Table 1. Results of influenza and other ARVI detection by RT-PCR in Russia, week 50 of 2022

  Number of  specimens / number of positive cases  % positive
Influenza
Number of specimens tested for influenza 9668 -
Influenza A (not subt.) 180 1,9%
Influenza A(H1)pdm09 2094 21,7% 
Influenza A(H3) 26 0,3% 
Influenza B 136 1,4% 
All influenza 2436 25,2%
Other ARVI
Number of specimens tested for ARVI 7699  -
PIV 87 1,1%
ADV 130 1,7%
RSV 293 3,8%
RhV 275 3,6%
CoV 167 2,2%
MPV 208 2,7%
BoV 77 1,0%
All ARVI 1237 16,1%
SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
Number of specimens tested for SARS-CoV-2 20467 -
SARS-CoV-2 1379 6,7%
Fig. 8. Results of PCR detections of SARS-CoV-2 in Russia
Fig. 8. Results of PCR detections of SARS-CoV-2 in Russia
% positive
  • No dataNo data
  • less then 10%less then 10%
  • 10-20%10-20%
  • 20-30%20-30%
  • 30-40%30-40%
  • 40-50%40-50%
  • 50% and more50% and more

COVID-19. Totally 21 743 302 cases and 393 220 deaths associated with COVID-19 were registered in Russia including 7 451 cases and 54 deaths in last 24 hours (on 12:00 of 22.12.2022). According to the data obtained by NIC in Saint-Petersburg totally 20 467 clinical samples were PCR investigated in last week. Among them coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 detected in 1379 (6.7%) cases.

Table 2. Results of influenza viruses isolation in Russia, week 50 of 2022

  Number of specimens / number of viruses  % isolated viruses
Number of specimens 127 -
Influenza A(H1)pdm09 64 50,4% 
Influenza A(H3) 2 1,6% 
Influenza B 9 7,1% 
All influenza 75 59,1%

Sentinel influenza surveillance

Clinical samples from 71 SARI patients were investigated by rRT-PCR for influenza, among them 29 (40.8%) cases of influenza, including 20 cases of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, 6 cases influenza A unsubtyped and 3 cases of influenza B. 61 SARI patients were investigated for ARVI by rRT-PCR, among them 8 (13.1%) cases of ARVI recognized including 3 cases of RSV, 1 case of RhV, 1 case of CoV, 2 cases of MPV and 1 case of BoV infection. Among 66 SARI patients no cases positive for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 recognized.

Clinical samples from 68 ILI/ARI patients were investigated for influenza by rRT-PCR, among them 19 (27.9%) cases of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09. Among 55 ILI/ARI samples 10 (18.2%) cases positive for ARVI detected including 1 case of PIV, 3 cases of ADV, 1 case of RhV, 3 cases of CoV and 2 cases of MPV infection. 2 (3.3%) of 61 ILI/ARI patients were positive for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Fig. 9. Monitoring of influenza viruses detection by RT-PCR among SARI patients in sentinel hospitals, season 2022/23
Number of positive casesFig. 9.  Monitoring of influenza viruses detection by RT-PCR among SARI patients in sentinel hospitals, season 2022/23% positive

Weeks

  • H1pdm09H1pdm09
  • H3H3
  • BB
  • A (not subt.)A (not subt.)
  • % positive% positive
Fig. 10. Monitoring of influenza viruses detection by RT-PCR among ILI/ARI patients in sentinel polyclinics, season 2022/23
Number of positive casesFig. 10.  Monitoring of influenza viruses detection by RT-PCR among ILI/ARI patients in sentinel polyclinics, season 2022/23% positive

Weeks

  • H1pdm09H1pdm09
  • H3H3
  • BB
  • A (not subt.)A (not subt.)
  • % positive% positive
Fig. 11. Monitoring of ARVI detection by RT-PCR among SARI patients in sentinel hospitals, season 2022/23
Number of positive casesFig. 11.  Monitoring of ARVI detection by RT-PCR among SARI patients in sentinel hospitals, season 2022/23

Weeks

  • PIVPIV
  • ADVADV
  • RSVRSV
  • RhVRhV
  • CoVCoV
  • MPVMPV
  • BoVBoV
Fig. 12. Monitoring of ARVI detection by RT-PCR among ILI/ARI patients in sentinel polyclinics, season 2022/23
Number of positive casesFig. 12.  Monitoring of ARVI detection by RT-PCR among ILI/ARI patients in sentinel polyclinics, season 2022/23

Weeks

  • PIVPIV
  • ADVADV
  • RSVRSV
  • RhVRhV
  • CoVCoV
  • MPVMPV
  • BoVBoV
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