Guidance, resources and information for professionals about respiratory viruses.
Respiratory viruses can infect any age group. Severe complications are often restricted to children and the elderly. These viruses are most commonly transmitted by airborne droplets or nasal secretions and can lead to a wide spectrum of illness. In the UK many of these viruses are seasonal in their activity and tend to circulate at higher levels during the winter months.
Diagnosis, treatment and management
The Respiratory virus unit (RVU) provides laboratory services for respiratory virus infections.
The Respiratory and vaccine preventable bacteria reference unit (RVPBRU) provides reference laboratory services for a number of bacteria causing respiratory, systemic and vaccine preventable bacterial infections.
Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMI) G 8: Respiratory viruses