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2008 Press Releases

  • Flu continues to circulate  Release date: 31 December 2008
    Latest surveillance shows that flu activity has started earlier this season compared to recent years.
    Added/updated: 14 January 2009
  • Flu continues to circulate in England and Wales  Release date: 31 December 2008
    Flu activity is still circulating at 'normal seasonal levels', according to latest figures.
    Added/updated: 31 December 2008
  • Professor Nigel Lightfoot awarded CBE in New Year Honours  Release date: 31 December 2008
    Professor Nigel Lightfoot, Chief Advisor at the Health Protection Agency, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours List.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Flu activity increasing  Release date: 24 December 2008
    Latest surveillance shows that flu activity has started earlier this season compared to recent years.
    Added/updated: 14 January 2009
  • Infection control training  Release date: 22 December 2008
    Added/updated: 22 December 2008
  • Flu circulating in England and Wales  Release date: 18 December 2008
    Influenza activity has now risen to what is considered 'normal seasonal levels', according to the Health Protection Agency's latest figures.
    Added/updated: 18 December 2008
  • Seasonal flu activity increasing  Release date: 18 December 2008
    Added/updated: 19 December 2008
  • MRSA bloodstream infections continue to fall  Release date: 18 December 2008
    The Health Protection Agency has published its latest quarterly report on MRSA (meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bloodstream infections.
    Added/updated: 17 December 2008
  • Norovirus activity  Release date: 14 December 2008
    Over the last few weeks we have seen an increase in reports of norovirus, which is typical for this time of the year.
    Added/updated: 14 January 2009
  • Increase in seasonal flu levels triggers use of antiviral drugs  Release date: 12 December 2008
    The Health Protection Agency today announced the appointment of Professor Maria Zambon as Director of its Centre for Infections.
    Added/updated: 12 December 2008
  • New Director of Health Protection Agency’s Centre for Infections appointed  Release date: 11 December 2008
    The Health Protection Agency today announced the appointment of Professor Maria Zambon as Director of its Centre for Infections.
    Added/updated: 11 December 2008
  • Deaths from hepatitis C: a legacy of our past behaviour  Release date: 10 December 2008
    Recreational drug use that began in the 1960s is now resulting in deaths from hepatitis C Many hepatitis C infections in the UK stem from recreational injecting drug use that began in the 1960s according to a new report released today by the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 10 December 2008
  • New Head of Chemical Hazards and Poisons appointed at the Health Protection Agency’s Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards  Release date: 9 December 2008
    The Health Protection Agency today announced the appointment of Mary Morrey as Head of its Chemical Hazards and Poisons Division and Deputy Director of its Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards (CRCE).
    Added/updated: 9 December 2008
  • Director of Public Health Strategy Appointed at the Health Protection Agency  Release date: 4 December 2008
    The Health Protection Agency today announced the appointment of Professor Anthony Kessel as its Director of Public Health Strategy.
    Added/updated: 4 December 2008
  • Measles figures soar  Release date: 28 November 2008
    There have been 1,049 cases of confirmed measles in England and Wales up to the end of October 2008 surpassing last year's total of 990 cases.
    Added/updated: 28 November 2008
  • An Independent Review of the Highest Level Microbiological Containment Facilities in the UK Led by Professor George Griffin of St George's, University of London  Release date: 27 November 2008
    The independent review of the Highest Level Microbiological Containment Facilities in the UK led by Professor George Griffin is published today. The aim of the review was to assess the UK's capability in high level containment, both in terms of facilities and skills base, in order to provide guidance on whether capabilities, current and planned, will continue to meet the UK needs. This is key if the UK is to continue to protect the public against the most dangerous human and animal pathogens.
    Added/updated: 1 December 2008
  • Health professionals still at risk of bloodborne viruses through work  Release date: 27 November 2008
    Healthcare workers are still being put at risk of bloodborne viruses through occupational exposure and a significant number of these incidents are preventable, according to a report released today by the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 27 November 2008
  • Record numbers living with HIV in the UK  Release date: 25 November 2008
    An estimated 77,400 people were living with HIV in the UK in 2007, with more than a quarter (28 per cent) unaware of their infection.
    Added/updated: 14 January 2009
  • Record numbers living with HIV in the UK  Release date: 25 November 2008
    An estimated 77,400 people were living with HIV in the UK in 2007 with more than a quarter (28 per cent) unaware of their infection, according to figures released today by the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 26 November 2008
  • Salmonella bacteria found in "ready-to-eat" fresh herbs  Release date: 24 November 2008
    A recent food study led by the Health Protection Agency and the Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) has revealed the presence of Salmonella bacteria in a small number of ready-to-eat fresh herb samples.
    Added/updated: 24 November 2008
  • Confirmed rabies case in puppy in Malawi  Release date: 21 November 2008
    The Health Protection Agency has been made aware of a case of confirmed rabies in a puppy that may have been in contact with UK travellers at the Mabuya Camp backpacker lodge near Lilongwe (the capital of Malawi).
    Added/updated: 21 November 2008
  • Investigations following a death from anthrax  Release date: 21 November 2008
    Following the announcement of the death of a patient from inhalation anthrax the Health Protection Agency have been carrying out testing at the patient’s workshop in Hackney, where animal skin drums were made.
    Added/updated: 30 March 2009
  • Future generation of antibiotic users to be taught the dangers of inappropriate prescribing  Release date: 18 November 2008
    Children are to be taught in schools about prudent antibiotic use and the importance of good hygiene as part of a new campaign to control the spread of antibiotic resistant infections.
    Added/updated: 14 January 2009
  • Reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from household appliances over winter  Release date: 17 November 2008
    With the start of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, the Health Protection Agency is today reminding people to have their fossil fuel and wood burning appliances - such as boilers, heaters and cookers - checked by an appropriately registered engineer before the winter sets in.
    Added/updated: 17 November 2008
  • Investigations following a death from anthrax  Release date: 14 November 2008
    Following the announcement of the death of a patient from inhalation anthrax the Health Protection Agency have been carrying out testing at the patient's workshop in Hackney, where animal skin drums were made
    Added/updated: 14 November 2008
  • New meningitis A vaccine will save millions of lives in Africa  Release date: 5 November 2008
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is contributing to the development of a vaccine that will have the potential to eradicate the large-scale outbreaks of group A meningitis that are commonplace in sub-Saharan Africa.
    Added/updated: 5 November 2008
  • 42% of Africans with HIV in the UK are diagnosed late  Release date: 4 November 2008
    Figures released today in a report by the Health Protection Agency show that almost half (42%) of all African individuals diagnosed with HIV in the UK are missing out on the benefits that come from early diagnosis.
    Added/updated: 7 April 2010
  • Investigations following a death from anthrax  Release date: 3 November 2008
    Following the announcement of the death of a patient from inhalation anthrax the Health Protection Agency would like to offer its condolences to the patient's family and friends.
    Added/updated: 3 November 2008
  • Investigations following a single case of inhalation anthrax  Release date: 30 October 2008
    The Health Protection Agency announced on Saturday that it has been responding to an isolated case of inhalation anthrax contracted from imported animal hides used for making drums. The patient concerned is being treated in intensive care at a London hospital.
    Added/updated: 7 April 2010
  • TB figures stabilise but remain at high level  Release date: 30 October 2008
    Tuberculosis (TB) figures released today by the Health Protection Agency show that the upward climb in numbers we have seen in recent years is beginning to stabilise but scientists are warning the figures are still too high.
    Added/updated: 14 January 2009
  • Injecting drug users face increasing risk of bacterial infections  Release date: 27 October 2008
    One-third of injecting drug users have reported having an abcess, sore or open wound at sites of injection - bacterial infections that are thought to cost the NHS around £47million a year.
    Added/updated: 27 October 2008
  • Single case of inhalation anthrax  Release date: 25 October 2008
    The Health Protection Agency has been responding to an isolated case of inhalation anthrax. The patient concerned is being treated in intensive care at a London hospital.
    Added/updated: 25 October 2008
  • Clostridium difficile infections fall significantly  Release date: 23 October 2008
    Latest C. difficile figures for England show that between April and June 2008 recorded cases dropped 18% in patients aged 65 years and over from the previous quarter, January to March 2008. Figures were also 38% lower than from the same quarter in 2007.
    Added/updated: 26 May 2010
  • Winter flu activity  Release date: 15 October 2008
    The Health Protection Agency has started its surveillance of flu activity for the winter season across the UK.
    Added/updated: 14 January 2009
  • HPA welcomes global handwashing initiative  Release date: 15 October 2008
    The Health Protection Agency has welcomed this year’s Global Handwashing Day initiative which aims to raise awareness about the role handwashing plays in public health.
    Added/updated: 15 October 2008
  • TB cluster at a nursery in Westminster  Release date: 14 October 2008
    The Health Protection Agency has been working with the NHS to respond to a cluster of TB cases at a nursery in Westminster. The Agency was first alerted to this problem in late July when an adult associated with the nursery was diagnosed with TB. The patient is receiving appropriate treatment and is no longer infectious.
    Added/updated: 14 October 2008
  • Emissions from compact fluorescent lights  Release date: 9 October 2008
    New research by the Health Protection Agency has shown that some energy saving compact fluorescent lights can emit ultraviolet radiation at levels that, under certain conditions of use, can result in exposures higher than guideline levels. The Agency and Government Departments are calling on the European Union, relevant product standards bodies and the lighting industry to consider how product standards for lights can be tightened up.
    Added/updated: 13 October 2008
  • Health Protection Agency begins winter influenza activity reporting  Release date: 3 October 2008
    This week the Health Protection Agency (HPA) resumes its surveillance of flu activity for the winter season across the UK; flu surveillance usually runs from October to May. Regular updates will be published on the Agency’s website and depending on the level of flu activity these will available either weekly or fortnightly.
    Added/updated: 3 October 2008
  • Health Protection Agency welcomes the launch of UK’s new global health strategy  Release date: 30 September 2008
    The Health Protection Agency welcomes the publication of the Government's Global Health Strategy, which sets out a co-ordinated approach to assessing the impact of the UK's policies on global health
    Added/updated: 30 September 2008
  • HIV Testing – New Guidelines call for wider testing  Release date: 18 September 2008
    New guidelines from the British HIV Association (BHIVA), the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) and the British Infection Society (BIS) aiming to increase the offer of HIV testing to ensure fewer people go undiagnosed have been welcomed by the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 18 September 2008
  • Latest figures show MRSA bloodstream infections falling  Release date: 18 September 2008
    Quarterly figures for April to June 2008 published by Health Protection Agency The Health Protection Agency has today published its latest quarterly report on MRSA (meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bloodstream infections.
    Added/updated: 26 May 2010
  • Health Protection Agency releases chemical hazards report  Release date: 17 September 2008
    The Health Protection Agency has today published its Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report to coincide with its annual conference in Warwick.
    Added/updated: 17 September 2008
  • Climate change may lead to an increase in cases of Legionnaires’ disease  Release date: 17 September 2008
    A recent study conducted by the Health Protection Agency has found that higher temperatures and increases in humidity are associated with an increase in cases of Legionnaires’ disease
    Added/updated: 1 June 2010
  • Latest HPA modelling reveals chickenpox vaccination would lead to more shingles among elderly despite introduction of shingles vaccination  Release date: 17 September 2008
    New modelling research presented at the Health Protection Agency’s annual conference in Warwick confirms that vaccination against chickenpox would significantly decrease the burden of this disease but would lead to more shingles among the elderly.
    Added/updated: 17 September 2008
  • Poisons experts report rise in enquiries due to cocaine abuse among young people  Release date: 16 September 2008
    The National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) has reported an increase in the number of enquiries relating to cocaine abuse among young people.
    Added/updated: 16 September 2008
  • eHealth  Release date: 16 September 2008
    Added/updated: 15 September 2008
  • Health Protection Agency develops new skills to protect human health after chemical disasters  Release date: 16 September 2008
    The Health Protection Agency has developed a new environmental sampling process to help assess the risks to human health from major chemical disasters.
    Added/updated: 16 September 2008
  • Reptile pets may pose a salmonella risk to infants in the household  Release date: 16 September 2008
    Families who keep reptiles as pets may inadvertently be putting young children in the household at risk of acquiring a rare form of salmonella infection, according to the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 16 September 2008
  • Warning and informing in the global village  Release date: 16 September 2008
    The European Commission has funded a research project which aims to determine the feasibility of setting up a rapid alerting system for chemical incidents. Delegates at the Health Protection Agency’s sixth annual conference, taking place at the University of Warwick from 15-17 September 2008 will find out progress towards developing a system to alert European Union Member States of a chemical incident.
    Added/updated: 16 September 2008
  • Health Protection Agency launches eHealth – Online learning for healthcare professionals  Release date: 16 September 2008
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) today launched eHealth, a new online education and training service for health care professionals, exclusively for the National Health Service. The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited online training is funded by the Department of Health and covers the management of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) injuries and incidents. eHealth is accessible via the HPA website – www.hpa.org.uk/ehealth.
    Added/updated: 16 September 2008
  • National Poisons Information Service Director receives prestigious career recognition award  Release date: 15 September 2008
    Dr Allister Vale, Director of the Health Protection Agency commissioned NPIS Birmingham Unit, has become the first European to be awarded the prestigious Career Recognition Award from the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology.
    Added/updated: 15 September 2008
  • Protecting the public’s health – strengthening the Health Protection Agency’s role  Release date: 15 September 2008
    The Health Protection Agency's sixth annual conference, taking place at the University of Warwick from 15-17 September 2008, will hear from Stephen Inglis, Director of the National Institute of Biological Standards (NIBSC), which is due to join the Agency in April 2009.
    Added/updated: 15 September 2008
  • Funding for design of new state of the art facilities at Health Protection Agency’s Porton Down site announced  Release date: 15 September 2008
    Sir William Stewart, Chairman of the Health Protection Agency, today announced that the Department of Health has provided funding to enable the Agency to begin the design work on proposals for the redevelopment of its Porton Down site.
    Added/updated: 15 September 2008
  • Meningococcal Serogroup B Vaccine moves into final stages of evaluation  Release date: 15 September 2008
    Scientists are moving into the final stages of evaluating a vaccine that could potentially protect against 80% of meningococcal serogroup B strains, audiences at the Health Protection Agency (HPA) annual conference at Warwick University were told today.
    Added/updated: 15 September 2008
  • Health Protection Agency to issue guidance on blood-glucose testing after infection control breakdowns resulted in onward transmission of hepatitis B  Release date: 15 September 2008
    Investigations into a series of hepatitis B outbreaks linked to blood-glucose testing in residential care homes have indicated that in each case there was a serious breakdown in infection control procedures.
    Added/updated: 15 September 2008
  • Study confirms measles component of MMR vaccine is highly effective  Release date: 15 September 2008
    A study conducted by the Health Protection Agency has confirmed that the measles component of the MMR vaccine is highly effective in preventing measles infection.
    Added/updated: 15 September 2008
  • Health Protection 2008  Release date: 10 September 2008
    The national Health Protection 2008 conference begins on 15 September - over 1300 people have already booked to attend.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • More antibiotic development needed warns Health Protection Agency  Release date: 10 September 2008
    Ahead of its annual conference next week, the Health Protection Agency is warning about the need for new antibiotics to be developed to ensure the range of treatment options for some infections does not run out.
    Added/updated: 10 September 2008
  • Consultation on the application of ICRP’s 2007 Recommendations to the UK  Release date: 21 August 2008
    The Board of the Health Protection Agency is consulting stakeholders on its response to the latest recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP).
    Added/updated: 21 August 2008
  • Publication of healthcare acquired infection data  Release date: 14 August 2008
    The HPA will now publish its mandatory MRSA bacteraemia data according to an accelerated schedule beginning in September.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Action to reduce risk of measles epidemic  Release date: 7 August 2008
    The Health Protection Agency welcomes the Chief Medical Officer's (CMO) MMR catch up programme, which urges Primary Care Trusts and GPs to identify individuals not up to date with their MMR and offer catch-up immunisation to reduce the risk of a measles epidemic.
    Added/updated: 12 August 2008
  • A new research centre for studying nanotoxicology  Release date: 23 July 2008
    The Health Protection Agency has set up a new centre to study the possible health effects of human exposure to nanoparticles. The National Nanotoxicology Research Centre (NNRC) is being developed at the Agency’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE) at Chilton in Oxfordshire. The Agency is collaborating with universities and the Medical Research Council's (MRC) Toxicology Unit to develop the centre and its research programme.
    Added/updated: 11 August 2008
  • Health Protection Agency conference 2008 - Programme Announced  Release date: 22 July 2008
    A diverse and engaging programme has just been announced for this year’s Health Protection Agency conference, which will be held at Warwick University between September 15th to September 17th.
    Added/updated: 22 July 2008
  • Health Protection Agency to Design Laboratories for Samples from Mars  Release date: 17 July 2008
    The European Space Agency recently announced that they had appointed the SEA (Group) Ltd to lead a team of experts, including the Health Protection Agency, to define the requirements and initial concept for a Biocontainment Facility to safely handle any samples which may be brought back from Mars.
    Added/updated: 21 July 2008
  • MRSA bloodstream infections continue to fall  Release date: 17 July 2008
    The Health Protection Agency has today published its latest quarterly figures on MRSA (meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bloodstream infections and C. difficile (Clostridium difficile) infections.
    Added/updated: 27 May 2010
  • Health Protection Agency contributes to vital infection research  Release date: 16 July 2008
    The Health Protection Agency is a contributor to two research consortia who have been granted a total of £9million by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) to carry out crucial research into microbiology and infectious diseases. The two consortia are based in London and Oxford.
    Added/updated: 11 August 2008
  • Young people carry disproportionate burden of sexually transmitted infections in UK  Release date: 15 July 2008
    The Health Protection Agency has reported a 6% increase in the total number of new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed in 2007 compared to 2006. To coincide with the launch of the Agency’s fifth Annual Report and Accounts, figures are released today showing that across all age groups almost 400,000 (397,990) new STIs were diagnosed in UK genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics in 2007 – an increase from 375,843 in 2006.
    Added/updated: 21 May 2010
  • Uk Travellers To Africa And Asia Continue To Ignore Health Messages About Preventing Malaria  Release date: 4 July 2008
    A study by the Health Protection Agency’s Malaria Reference Laboratory (HPA) and published in today’s BMJ.com shows that despite highly effective measures available to prevent malaria, the burden of disease among UK travellers has steadily increased over the last 20 years.
    Added/updated: 4 July 2008
  • Caravan Users Warned About The Potential Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning  Release date: 3 July 2008
    With the start of the school holidays, the Health Protection Agency is today warning people of the potential health risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from fossil fuel burning appliances – such as gas powered fridges, heaters or cookers - while on caravanning holidays.
    Added/updated: 15 July 2008
  • STIs in young people  Release date: 2 July 2008
    New figures on sexually transmitted infections show the burden lies with young people.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • NHS 60 – Health protection timeline  Release date: 2 July 2008
    Key health protection initiatives that have been introduced during the past 60 years with the aim of helping people to stay as healthy and as free from disease as possible.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency Hails 60 Years of NHS Success  Release date: 2 July 2008
    Justin McCracken, Chief Executive of the Health Protection Agency, has congratulated the NHS on its achievements over the past 60 years since its inception.
    Added/updated: 2 July 2008
  • Sexually transmitted infections among over 45s on the increase  Release date: 27 June 2008
    A collaborative study which included researchers from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) West Midlands and is published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), shows an increasing rate of sexual infections in people over 45 years in the West Midlands.
    Added/updated: 11 August 2008
  • HPA gives the green light to multi-million pound investment in North East laboratory services  Release date: 26 June 2008
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) today announced a multi-million pound investment in new specialist laboratory services for people in the North East.
    Added/updated: 14 January 2009
  • Health Protection Agency teams up with MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to fight threat of Chemical Terrorism  Release date: 23 June 2008
    The Health Protection Agency and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are to collaborate on a major £3.5million research programme to combat the threat of chemical terrorism.
    Added/updated: 11 August 2008
  • Queen’s Birthday Honour for Dr Tim Wreghitt  Release date: 14 June 2008
    Dr Tim Wreghitt has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his work on public health virology.
    Added/updated: 11 August 2008
  • Body piercing study provides reminder of potential health risks  Release date: 13 June 2008
    A study published today on bmj.com highlights the need for people to be aware of the possible health risks associated with body piercing.
    Added/updated: 11 August 2008
  • Confirmed H7N7 avian influenza in Oxfordshire poultry farm  Release date: 5 June 2008
    Following confirmation of the avian influenza virus subtype as H7N7, the Health Protection Agency has reviewed actions taken in the Oxfordshire poultry farm outbreak. All necessary steps are being taken to protect those people who may have been exposed to the virus on the premises or who are involved in disease control activities.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Confirmed H7 avian influenza in Oxfordshire poultry farm  Release date: 4 June 2008
    The Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed H7 avian influenza in chickens on premises at Banbury, Oxfordshire. Further tests completed today confirmed the strain is highly pathogenic which means it spreads rapidly in the bird population with a high mortality rate among birds. Culling of the birds starts today on the infected premises (June 4th) as required under EU legislation.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency Director Awarded the Prestigious Alwyn Smith Prize  Release date: 4 June 2008
    Professor Stephen Palmer, Director of Local and Regional Services for the Health Protection Agency, has been awarded the prestigious Alwyn Smith Prize for outstanding contribution to the health of the public by either research or practice in community medicine, from the Faculty of Public Health.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Reminder on safe storage of freshly cooked sliced meats  Release date: 23 May 2008
    Current advice from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) states that the vast majority of perishable chilled foods, including sliced-at-the counter cooked meats, should be stored according to the retailer's instructions or, in the absence of any instructions, eaten within 48 hours.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency releases report on chemical hazards  Release date: 21 May 2008
    The Health Protection Agency has published today its Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report to coincide with day two of its Chemical Conference in Manchester.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency to study the health effects of Magnetic Resonance Imaging  Release date: 21 May 2008
    The Chairman of the Health Protection Agency, Sir William Stewart today announced that the Agency’s Board had approved in principle the need for an epidemiological study of possible adverse health effects from high static field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency Board gives advice on radon measures for new homes  Release date: 21 May 2008
    The Board of the Health Protection Agency has recommended that UK Building Regulations and Standards should change to ensure that all new property incorporates the basic materials and measures necessary to reduce internal radon levels.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Gold medal for HPA at Chelsea Flower Show  Release date: 21 May 2008
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the Royal College of Pathologists have won a highly prestigious Gold Medal at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The joint exhibition explores the possibility that climate change may increase the risk of malaria returning to the UK.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency records an increase in chemical incidents  Release date: 20 May 2008
    The Health Protection Agency recorded 1,015 chemical incidents in England and Wales in 2007 – up five percent on the 2006 figures. Fires were the most common cause of chemical releases, accounting for 28 per cent of the 2007 total. Chemical spills were 14 per cent of the total and leaks of chemicals were also 14 per cent. Releases of vapours and gases (including carbon monoxide gas) were 15 per cent.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • New Chairman for the Agency’s Electromagnetic Fields Discussion Group  Release date: 14 May 2008
    Professor Colin Blakemore is appointed as the new Chairman of the HPA Electromagnetic Fields Discussion Group. This group provides a forum for considering possible health concerns related to exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and to provide an input to the development of the Agency’s advice.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Daubenton's bat tests positive for European bat Lyssavirus type 2  Release date: 9 May 2008
    On May 7 2008 a Daubenton's bat in the South East of England tested positive for the presence of European Bat Lyssavirus (EBLV). The adult female bat had been in captivity since August 2007, and started behaving abnormally on April 27 2008. Its general condition deteriorated and it was euthanased on May 2 2008.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Death of a child infected with diphtheria in London  Release date: 8 May 2008
    The Health Protection Agency has been responding to the death of a child in London. The most likely explanation for the child’s death is an infection with diphtheria. The Agency is recommending that people ensure that they are up to date with their routine immunisations.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Research provides increased understanding of anti-tuberculosis drug resistance in the UK  Release date: 2 May 2008
    Anti-tuberculosis drug resistance has been increasing globally for a number of years and the research by a team of Health Protection Agency experts, published today on bmj.com, adds to our knowledge of resistance patterns in the UK.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL) – the real story  Release date: 29 April 2008
    Added/updated: 11 August 2008
  • No risk to general public following death of quarantined puppy from rabies  Release date: 26 April 2008
    The rabies case confirmed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in a puppy in quarantine poses no risk to the general public, according to the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Tuberculosis  Release date: 25 April 2008
    The Health Protection Agency’s latest annual report on tuberculosis (TB) suggests that the number of cases in the UK, although still too high, could be stabilising.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • UK travellers exposure to preventable killer disease  Release date: 25 April 2008
    Over 1,500 cases of malaria were reported among UK travellers last year, reemphasising the importance of seeking medical advice before travelling to an area where malaria is a risk.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Malaria remains significant issue for UK travellers  Release date: 25 April 2008
    2007 figures reveal UK travellers continue to be exposed to preventable killer disease
    Added/updated: 2 June 2010
  • Latest figures show MRSA bloodstream infections plateau  Release date: 24 April 2008
    There were 1,087 MRSA bloodstream infections reported in England during the October to December quarter of 2007 - a 0.6% increase on the previous quarter (July to September) when 1,080 reports were received.
    Added/updated: 21 May 2010
  • Abstract submissions invited for Health Protection 2008  Release date: 17 April 2008
    The deadline of 14 May to submit abstracts for the national Health Protection 2008 conference is approaching.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Retirement of Professor Pat Troop as Chief Executive of the Health Protection Agency  Release date: 4 April 2008
    Professor Pat Troop retires this week after five years as Chief Executive of the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • New HPA website launched  Release date: 2 April 2008
    Welcome to the newly upgraded Health Protection Agency website.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • New Appointments to Health Protection Agency Board  Release date: 2 April 2008
    Sir William Stewart, Chairman of the Health Protection Agency announced today the appointment of three new non-executive Board members: Dr Barbara Bannister, Dr Rosemary Leonard and Prof Debby Reynolds.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Guidance on calculating radiation doses received by the embryo, fetus and breastfed infant  Release date: 31 March 2008
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has today published new guidance on how to calculate radiation doses received by the unborn child and breastfed infants when exposed to environmental radioactivity ingested or inhaled by the mother.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency Board members reappointed  Release date: 28 March 2008
    Four non-executive members of the Health Protection Agency Board have been reappointed by the Appointments Commission.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • HIV epidemic among gay men continues  Release date: 28 March 2008
    An estimated 6,840 new HIV diagnoses were reported in 2007 in the United Kingdom. New figures show that over the current high rate of HIV transmission among gay men has persisted three years running, with over a third of new diagnoses in 2007 in this group (38% - 2,630) - the highest levels since records began.
    Added/updated: 27 September 2013
  • ‘Fewer TB cases recorded but numbers still too high' warn experts  Release date: 20 March 2008
    A small decrease in UK Tuberculosis (TB) cases in 2007, compared with 2006, was reported by the Health Protection Agency: 8,496 UK cases were reported in 2007 down 0.7% from 8,555 in 2006. London reported 3,333 cases in 2007, 39% of the UK total.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Typhoid no longer an enemy of the past as study highlights risk for travellers to indian sub-continent  Release date: 19 March 2008
    UK travellers visiting friends and relatives on the Indian sub-continent are carrying an unnecessary burden of typhoid and paratyphoid (also called enteric fevers), according to researchers at the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 11 August 2008
  • Consultation on ensuring a clean and healthy environment for children  Release date: 17 March 2008
    The Health Protection Agency has today published a consultation document on ways to improve the environment and health of children and young people in the UK.
    Added/updated: 20 February 2009
  • Confirmed rabies case in dog in France  Release date: 3 March 2008
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has become aware of a case of confirmed rabies in a dog, diagnosed in France on the 26th February.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency announces consultation on its advice on solid radioactive waste disposal  Release date: 3 March 2008
    The Chairman of the Health Protection Agency, Sir William Stewart, today announced that the Agency's Board is consulting stakeholders on its proposals to update advice on solid radioactive waste disposal.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • The Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK  Release date: 12 February 2008
    It will form the basis of the Agency's response to a recent request for information from the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, to help scope their new study on ‘Adapting the UK to Climate Change'.
    Added/updated: 24 December 2008
  • Oseltamivir resistance in European Influenza viruses - update  Release date: 1 February 2008
    Latest figures show that approximately 14% of the A (H1N1) viruses circulating in Europe have shown resistance to the antiviral drug, oseltamivir.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Latest figures show continuing decline in MRSA bloodstream infections  Release date: 30 January 2008
    The latest figures on MRSA bloodstream infections show 1,072 cases reported in England during the July to September quarter of 2007. This represents an 18% decrease on the previous quarter.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Oseltamivir resistance in European Influenza viruses  Release date: 29 January 2008
    Preliminary surveillance into antiviral drug susceptibility against seasonal flu viruses currently circulating in Europe has revealed that some of the A (H1N1) viruses (13%) have shown resistance to the antiviral drug, oseltamivir.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency appoints new Director of Human Resources  Release date: 24 January 2008
    The Chairman of the Health Protection Agency, Sir William Stewart, today announced the appointment of Tony Vickers as the Agency's new Director of Human Resources.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Confirmed H5N1 avian influenza in wild swans in Dorset  Release date: 10 January 2008
    The Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has today confirmed highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza among swans in the Chesil Beach area in Dorset.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Seasonal flu levels trigger use of antiviral drugs  Release date: 10 January 2008
    The rate at which influenza viruses are now circulating in England has reached the point which triggers the use of antiviral drugs. Doctors in England have now been advised that the use of antiviral drugs for the prevention or treatment of flu in patients who are at higher risk of developing complications from the infection is now recommended.
    Added/updated: 6 October 2010
  • Justin McCracken appointed new Chief Executive of the Health Protection Agency  Release date: 9 January 2008
    The Chairman of the Health Protection Agency, Sir William Stewart, today announced the appointment of Justin McCracken as the Agency's new Chief Executive. A physicist by training, Mr McCracken has extensive senior level experience of both private and public sector organisations. He replaces Professor Pat Troop who retires in April 2008 after five years in post.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008