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2010 Press Releases

  • Weekly national influenza report, 31 December 2010  Release date: 31 December 2010
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) indicate that levels of seasonal flu are continuing to increase across the UK.
    Added/updated: 31 December 2010
  • Weekly national influenza report  Release date: 23 December 2010
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) indicate that levels of seasonal flu are continuing to increase across the UK with both community and hospital data showing a steady upward trend in the numbers of cases.
    Added/updated: 23 December 2010
  • Weekly national influenza report  Release date: 16 December 2010
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) indicate that levels of seasonal flu are increasing across the UK. Vaccine uptake among those in ‘at risk’ groups remains low with just 40 per cent of such people under 65 taking up the offer of vaccination. Everyone over the age of 65 is entitled to the vaccine and uptake in this age group is 67 per cent.
    Added/updated: 16 December 2010
  • Handwashing key to reducing infection risk from farm visits  Release date: 15 December 2010
    A Health Protection Agency (HPA) review has found that there were 55 outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease linked to petting farms between 1992 to 2009 in England and Wales, according to research published in Emerging Infectious Diseases today.
    Added/updated: 15 December 2010
  • Cancer patients are at an almost five-fold increased risk of developing listeria  Release date: 15 December 2010
    Research by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has shown that cancer patients have a five-fold increased risk of developing listeria than people with other underlying conditions - and that those with cancers of the blood have the greatest risk. These findings are published in the journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases today (Wednesday).
    Added/updated: 8 February 2011
  • New guidance on use of radiation decontamination drug  Release date: 14 December 2010
    The Health Protection Agency has today published advice on how to use the chemical compound Prussian Blue to help remove a type of radioactive substance from the body.
    Added/updated: 31 July 2012
  • Research highlights traveller's diarrhoea 'hotspots'  Release date: 14 December 2010
    With the winter sun holiday season now upon us, research published today by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed that the top five countries where travellers from England, Wales and Northern Ireland are most likely to acquire gastrointestinal infection following their visit are Egypt, India, Thailand, Pakistan, and Morocco. Updated 12 January 2011.
    Added/updated: 25 February 2011
  • Antiviral drugs for seasonal flu approved as HPA urges at-risk groups to get vaccinated  Release date: 13 December 2010
    Following a recent increase in the level of seasonal influenza including H1N1 (2009) and influenza B circulating in the UK, the Department of Health has issued guidance on the use of antiviral drugs for the management of those influenza patients in England who are at higher risk of developing complications from flu.
    Added/updated: 13 December 2010
  • HPA warns of increasing norovirus activity  Release date: 9 December 2010
    Since the beginning of November the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has recorded 43 outbreaks of norovirus in hospitals of which 39 have led to ward closures. This is almost 50 per cent more than the number recorded in October.
    Added/updated: 9 December 2010
  • Chefs and consumers urged to thoroughly cook chicken livers  Release date: 3 December 2010
    Over the last two years the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has noticed an increase in the number of outbreaks of campylobacter infections associated with the consumption of poultry liver pâté/parfait at a number of catering establishments.
    Added/updated: 9 December 2010
  • Health Protection Agency welcomes publication of Public Health White Paper – Healthy Lives Healthy People  Release date: 30 November 2010
    The Health Protection Agency welcomes the publication of the public health White Paper – Healthy Lives, Healthy People. The paper sets out the Government’s commitment to establish Public Health England, a service which would include the current functions of the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 30 November 2010
  • New meningitis vaccine will save thousands of lives in Africa  Release date: 29 November 2010
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) in England had a major role in the development of a vaccine that will save millions of people from the epidemics of Group A meningitis that regularly sweep across sub-Saharan Africa and have done for over a century.
    Added/updated: 29 November 2010
  • More than a quarter of people with HIV in the UK are 'undiagnosed'  Release date: 26 November 2010
    The number of people living with HIV in the UK reached an estimated 86,500 in 2009, but more than a quarter – almost 22,500 – were unaware of their infection, according to figures released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) today.
    Added/updated: 25 November 2010
  • New web pages help children learn about bugs at home  Release date: 18 November 2010
    Web pages designed to help children learn at home about infections such as seasonal influenza, come online today to coincide with European Antibiotic Awareness Day – 18 November 2010.
    Added/updated: 7 December 2010
  • Reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning over winter  Release date: 15 November 2010
    To mark the start of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, the Health Protection Agency is today advising 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: 15 November 2010
  • Salmonella Bareilly outbreak continues  Release date: 12 November 2010
    An outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly infection associated with contaminated bean sprouts is ongoing, although fewer new cases of illness are now being recorded.
    Added/updated: 12 November 2010
  • HPA publishes guidance on using dental scanners  Release date: 8 November 2010
    Radiation protection guidance for dentists using certain new types of scanners, is published today by the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 8 November 2010
  • New cases of TB reach highest level for 30 years as drug resistant TB doubles in the last decade  Release date: 4 November 2010
    Cases of tuberculosis in the UK have reached 9,040 in 2009 - the highest number in the UK for nearly 30 years while the number of new drug resistant TB has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, from 206 cases in 2000 to 389 cases in 2009.
    Added/updated: 3 November 2010
  • Outbreak of Salmonella cases linked to bean sprouts continues  Release date: 28 October 2010
    An outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly infection from contaminated bean sprouts in England and Scotland is continuing. The HPA's Centre for Infections (CFI) in Colindale has now identified 190 confirmed S. Bareilly cases in England, Wales (5 of the cases) and Northern Ireland (two cases) since the beginning of August to date. The CFI normally sees fewer than 10 cases in a typical month.
    Added/updated: 29 October 2010
  • Public health minister opens new state-of-the-art influenza and stem cell centre  Release date: 20 October 2010
    Public Health Minister, Anne Milton MP, has today officially opened the Health Protection Agency's new £12m Influenza Resource Centre and UK Stem Cell Bank, at the agency's National Institute of Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) in Hertfordshire.
    Added/updated: 20 October 2010
  • HPA study helps in understanding cause of encephalitis  Release date: 18 October 2010
    Health Protection Agency (HPA) scientists have shown that specific antibodies, which are produced by a patient’s own immune system, are a more common cause of encephalitis than previously recognised. This new finding was revealed in a study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases today.
    Added/updated: 18 October 2010
  • Avoiding the 'yuk' factor on Global Handwashing Day  Release date: 15 October 2010
    Handwashing is one of the simplest ways of preventing illnesses such as food poisoning and flu. On Global Handwashing Day (October 15th 2010) the Health Protection Agency (HPA) wants to remind people to soap up and remove bugs to protect both their health and that of others.
    Added/updated: 15 October 2010
  • Hajj travellers reminded to take travel advice before they leave  Release date: 14 October 2010
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) wants to remind UK travellers going to Makkah (Mecca) for the Hajj pilgrimage this year to seek health advice before making the journey so that they will enjoy a healthy trip.
    Added/updated: 14 October 2010
  • Microbiology confirms a bean sprout link with Salmonella Bareilly cases  Release date: 7 October 2010
    Microbiologists at the Health Protection Agency’s Centre for Infections (CFI) in Colindale have confirmed the link between contaminated bean sprouts and 141 cases of Salmonella Bareilly in the UK.
    Added/updated: 7 October 2010
  • Links between radiation exposure and circulatory disease probed  Release date: 7 October 2010
    Clinicians who deliver radiation to the brain and heart are being urged to continue to minimise their patients’ exposure, while maintaining essential medical benefits. New expert advice to the Health Protection Agency also highlights a need for further research to better understand links between radiation exposure and circulatory disease.
    Added/updated: 7 October 2010
  • October - flu season and HPA flu surveillance begins  Release date: 6 October 2010
    The beginning of October marks the start of the annual ‘flu season’ which will continue through to April 2011. Flu epidemics usually occur in the colder months of the year but, as seen in the 2009 pandemic, they can occur in other months too.
    Added/updated: 13 June 2013
  • Study results are consistent with earlier estimates of vCJD prion prevalence in Britain  Release date: 4 October 2010
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the UCL Institute of Neurology have conducted a sensitive examination of tonsil specimens to detect the presence of the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) related prion protein, and found results that are consistent with earlier estimates of vCJD prion prevalence in Britain. The findings are published today in The Journal of Pathology.
    Added/updated: 4 October 2010
  • Experts report big rise in enquiries about recreational drug mephedrone in 2009-10  Release date: 4 October 2010
    The Health Protection Agency’s National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) has reported a large increase in enquiries related to the recreational drug mephedrone in 2009-10.
    Added/updated: 18 September 2012
  • HPA reminds travellers to the Commonwealth Games in Delhi of the risk of dengue fever  Release date: 30 September 2010
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed 9 cases of dengue fever diagnosed in the UK associated with travel to Delhi in the past two weeks. The agency wants to remind travellers going to India for the Commonwealth Games of the advice on how to avoid insect bites.
    Added/updated: 30 September 2010
  • Investigation indicates a bean sprout link with Salmonella cases  Release date: 29 September 2010
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is strongly advising caterers and the public to heed the Food Standards Agency’s advice that raw bean sprouts should be washed and thoroughly cooked before they are eaten, unless they are clearly labeled as ready to eat.
    Added/updated: 29 September 2010
  • Salmonella Bareilly cases under investigation - update  Release date: 27 September 2010
    The Agency’s Centre for Infections (CFI) in Colindale has identified 97 cases of S. Bareilly, including 28 reported in the North West of England, since the beginning of August. The CFI normally sees fewer than 10 cases in a typical month.
    Added/updated: 28 September 2010
  • Salmonella Bareilly cases under investigation - update  Release date: 27 September 2010
    The Agency’s Centre for Infections (CFI) in Colindale has identified 83 cases of S. Bareilly, including 28 reported in the North West of England, since the beginning of August. The CFI normally sees fewer than 10 cases in a typical month.
    Added/updated: 28 September 2010
  • HPA response to today’s news about the government’s plans for quangos  Release date: 24 September 2010
    Health Protection Agency response to today’s media coverage of taxpayer-funded bodies to be abolished under the coalition.
    Added/updated: 24 September 2010
  • Wild mushroom warning to autumn foragers  Release date: 24 September 2010
    A wild mushroom safety message has been issued by the Health Protection Agency’s poisons experts. The National Poisons Information Service (NPIS), which is commissioned by the Health Protection Agency, is sounding the alarm as every autumn it receives queries from clinicians needing help treating those who have picked and consumed sometimes dangerously toxic wild mushrooms.
    Added/updated: 24 September 2010
  • Salmonella Bareilly cases under investigation  Release date: 23 September 2010
    The Agency’s Centre for Infections (CFI) in Colindale has identified 68 cases of S. Bareilly, including 19 reported in the North West of England, since the beginning of August. The CFI normally sees around five cases in a typical month.
    Added/updated: 23 September 2010
  • HPA investigates a national outbreak of salmonella  Release date: 17 September 2010
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has investigated an on-going national outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium DT8. Salmonella Typhimurium DT8 causes a similar illness to other forms of Salmonella infection, so symptoms can include diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain and fever.
    Added/updated: 17 September 2010
  • HPA dishes the dirt on dish cloths  Release date: 15 September 2010
    Research by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed that over half the cleaning cloths used in restaurant and take-away kitchens were found to contain unsatisfactory levels of bacteria which are a sign of poor hygiene and cross contamination.
    Added/updated: 14 September 2010
  • New rapid test to speed up TB diagnosis and treatment  Release date: 15 September 2010
    Scientists at the Health Protection Agency have designed a new test which will identify positive tuberculosis (TB) cases within one hour, according to findings presented at the HPA’s annual conference - Health Protection 2010 - at the University of Warwick today.
    Added/updated: 14 September 2010
  • Scientists reveal new immunotherapy treatment option for C.Difficile  Release date: 15 September 2010
    New research being presented today at Health Protection 2010, the Health Protection Agency’s annual conference, will show how an alternative approach for treating and preventing Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is being developed by the agency’s scientists. This could in future be used in combination with antibiotics or as a replacement for antibiotics.
    Added/updated: 14 September 2010
  • Health effects of light investigated  Release date: 15 September 2010
    Badly designed lighting systems could be preventing a good night’s sleep, according to a project being presented at the Health Protection Agency’s annual conference – Health Protection 2010 – at the University of Warwick today.
    Added/updated: 14 September 2010
  • Health risks from exposure to radiation  Release date: 15 September 2010
    The Health Protection Agency is leading a pioneering research project into the health risks from exposure to ionising radiation at a Soviet era nuclear plant. The project is being discussed at the HPA’s annual conference – Health Protection 2010 – at the University of Warwick today.
    Added/updated: 14 September 2010
  • Health effects of air pollution  Release date: 15 September 2010
    Experts at the Health Protection Agency say that current methods of reporting the health effects of air pollution are outdated and need to be reviewed if they are to more accurately reflect environmental risks in the 21st century.
    Added/updated: 4 June 2013
  • HPA advice on heating oil leaks  Release date: 14 September 2010
    ADVICE on the potential health effects in the event of a domestic heating oil leak comes under the spotlight at the agency’s annual conference – Health Protection 2010 – at the University of Warwick today (Wednesday).
    Added/updated: 14 September 2010
  • How international co-operation curtailed a salmonella outbreak  Release date: 14 September 2010
    Contaminated eggs from a single flock of hens on a Spanish farm were implicated in an upsurge in Salmonella food poisoning notifications in England and Wales over a 16 week period between September and December 2009, delegates to the Health Protection Agency’s annual conference – Health Protection 2010 - at the University of Warwick will hear.
    Added/updated: 14 September 2010
  • Spotlight on airport x-ray scanners  Release date: 14 September 2010
    Radiation from x-ray security scanners being used at some UK airports should not be a barrier to air travel, Health Protection Agency (HPA) scientists reveal at the agency’s annual conference – Health Protection 2010 – at the University of Warwick.
    Added/updated: 14 September 2010
  • HPA experts develop tool for early meningitis diagnosis  Release date: 14 September 2010
    Delegates at the Health Protection Agency’s annual conference – Health Protection 2010 - will hear how experts at the HPA have developed a predictive model to help clinicians diagnose bacterial meningitis more quickly.
    Added/updated: 14 September 2010
  • Sexual Health Week  Release date: 13 September 2010
    The HPA fully supports the FPA's sexual health campaign - The Middle Age Spread - which reminds older adults they are also risk of STIs and should wear condoms with all new or casual partners.
    Added/updated: 13 September 2010
  • Increase in cases of West Nile Virus infection in Greece  Release date: 3 September 2010
    The Health Protection Agency is aware of a significant increase in reports of cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Northern Greece. To date there have been 164 cases and 14 deaths reported in Greece, most of which have occurred in the last month.
    Added/updated: 3 September 2010
  • Death of Injecting Drug User in Leicestershire  Release date: 31 August 2010
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) and NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland can confirm that they are investigating the death of a drug injecting heroin user in Leicestershire. Testing of samples from the patient has confirmed the presence of anthrax.
    Added/updated: 31 August 2010
  • Health Protection 2010 Conference - programme announced  Release date: 26 August 2010
    The Health Protection Agency will showcase an unusually eventful year in health protection in a diverse and wide-ranging programme of presentations, seminars and lectures at its annual conference, ‘Health Protection 2010’, which is being held at Warwick University from 14-15 September.
    Added/updated: 27 August 2010
  • Sexually transmitted infections reach almost half a million  Release date: 25 August 2010
    New figures released today by the Health Protection Agency show that 15 to 24 year olds, particularly young women, continue to be the group most affected by sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK.
    Added/updated: 31 August 2010
  • WHO announces the end of the influenza pandemic  Release date: 11 August 2010
    As of 10 August 2010, the Director-General of the World Health Organization announced that the world was no longer in a flu pandemic.
    Added/updated: 11 August 2010
  • Emergence of a new antibiotic resistance mechanism in India, Pakistan, and the UK: a molecular, biological, and epidemiological study  Release date: 11 August 2010
    Study co-author, Dr David Livermore, director of antibiotic resistance monitoring at HPA said: "The findings of this paper show that resistance to one of the major groups of antibiotics, the carbapenems, is widespread in India. This is important because carbapenems were often the last 'good' antibiotics active against bacteria that already were resistant to more standard drugs.
    Added/updated: 11 August 2010
  • Interim Director of Health Protection Services appointed  Release date: 10 August 2010
    The Health Protection Agency today announced that Dr Paul Cosford has been appointed as interim Director of Health Protection Services for the next six months.
    Added/updated: 10 August 2010
  • Pregnant women from ethnic backgrounds at higher risk from listeria food poisoning  Release date: 5 August 2010
    Research from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed a higher incidence of listeriosis in pregnant women from ethnic minority groups and, overall, in people living in more deprived areas. Two HPA studies were published in a recent edition of Eurosurveillance.
    Added/updated: 5 August 2010
  • Success in vaccination programme for preventing hepatitis B  Release date: 3 August 2010
    Report shows mixed picture of health and welfare of injection drug users.
    Added/updated: 3 August 2010
  • HPA response to arm's-length bodies review  Release date: 26 July 2010
    Health Protection Agency response to the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health that HPA’s Functions are to be transferred to him
    Added/updated: 26 July 2010
  • HIV infection more than doubles in over 50s  Release date: 21 July 2010
    Health Protection Agency (HPA) scientists have found that HIV infections diagnosed in the over 50s have more than doubled over a period of seven years.
    Added/updated: 21 July 2010
  • MRSA and C. difficile infections fall by a third  Release date: 16 July 2010
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has today published its annual figures on MRSA (meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bloodstream infections and C. difficile (Clostridium difficile) infections for England and Wales.
    Added/updated: 16 July 2010
  • HPA’s innovative swine flu “response centres” win emergency planning award  Release date: 14 July 2010
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has been awarded the Cabinet Office Innovation in Resilience Award at this year’s Emergency Planning Society Awards.
    Added/updated: 14 July 2010
  • Study confirms vaccine could prevent more cases of cervical cancers than previously expected  Release date: 14 July 2010
    Scientists at the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the University of Manchester and the Manchester Royal Infirmary have found that the cervical cancer vaccine could prevent more cases of the disease in England than previously thought, according to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer today.
    Added/updated: 14 July 2010
  • HPA issues new advice on radon  Release date: 8 July 2010
    A new initiative to reduce concentrations of radon in UK homes has been launched by the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 7 July 2010
  • HPA advice on malaria prevention  Release date: 6 July 2010
    Dr Jane Jones, a travel health expert at the Health Protection Agency, said: “Malaria is a serious parasitic disease that occurs in tropical regions of the world and is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. More than 1,500 people are diagnosed with malaria in the UK each year, having acquired the disease abroad.
    Added/updated: 6 July 2010
  • Health Protection Agency to investigate lead poisoning among children  Release date: 1 July 2010
    Scientists at the Health Protection Agency (HPA) are teaming up with the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit (BPSU) to investigate lead poisoning levels among children in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
    Added/updated: 1 July 2010
  • Exercise Milo – Rehearsing London’s Health Response  Release date: 29 June 2010
    The Health Protection Agency, on behalf of the Department of Health and in conjunction with NHS London, will be holding Exercise Milo to train London’s Emergency Services and prepare and exercise their health-led response to potential major incidents.
    Added/updated: 29 June 2010
  • Health Protection Agency warns fly fishermen of rabies risk from Daubenton’s bats  Release date: 18 June 2010
    As the fly fishing season begins, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) is warning anglers not to handle any bats that they might accidentally hook while fly fishing, as there is a small risk of catching a rabies-like virus from these animals.
    Added/updated: 18 June 2010
  • Health Protection Agency welcomes publication of Griffin report  Release date: 15 June 2010
    The Health Protection Agency has welcomed the report of the independent investigation into the outbreak of E.coli O157 at Godstone Farm in Surrey, which has been published today.
    Added/updated: 15 June 2010
  • Legionnaires’ disease  Release date: 14 June 2010
    A preliminary HPA study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, has found an association between not using screen wash in wiper fluid and the risk of contracting Legionnaires' disease.
    Added/updated: 30 June 2010
  • HPA urges fans to give infections the red card during the world cup  Release date: 7 June 2010
    With the football World Cup fast approaching, the sexual health and travel health experts at the Health Protection Agency (HPA) want to remind all travellers to heed safe sex advice and follow good travel health advice to avoid getting sick in South Africa.
    Added/updated: 7 June 2010
  • INTERPHONE  Release date: 18 May 2010
    The INTERPHONE study, published today, which is the biggest piece of research to date on the possible links between mobile phone use and brain tumours, has been warmly welcomed by experts at the HPA.
    Added/updated: 18 October 2011
  • Latest Hepatitis C figures show year on year increase  Release date: 14 May 2010
    New figures released today by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show reported cases of Hepatitis C infection in England to have increased by 4.5% from 8,196 cases reported in 2008 to 8,563 cases in 2009.
    Added/updated: 14 May 2010
  • People from Africa continue to bear the burden of malaria  Release date: 12 May 2010
    New figures from the Health Protection Agency show that Africans or those of African descent who travel to Africa to visit friends and relations continue to be those most likely to acquire malaria.
    Added/updated: 12 May 2010
  • Be tick aware when visiting the great outdoors  Release date: 5 May 2010
    The Health Protection Agency is advising people to take care when visiting areas where ticks are present, to prevent tick bites and reduce the risk of catching Lyme disease.
    Added/updated: 5 May 2010
  • Latest update on the volcanic ash plume  Release date: 26 April 2010
    26/04/2010 Scientists at the Health Protection Agency believe Icelandic volcanic ash currently poses no threat to public health in the UK.
    Added/updated: 26 April 2010
  • Latest update on the volcanic ash plume  Release date: 19 April 2010
    19/04/10 There is no change to current health protection advice following latest information provided by the Met Office about the plume of volcanic ash. The ash continues to mix in different layers of the atmosphere with small amounts reaching ground level.
    Added/updated: 19 April 2010
  • Latest update on the volcanic ash plume  Release date: 17 April 2010
    There is no change today to current health protection advice following latest information provided by the Met Office about the plume of volcanic ash. The ash is mixing in different layers of the atmosphere with small amounts reaching ground level.
    Added/updated: 17 April 2010
  • Latest update on the volcanic ash plume  Release date: 16 April 2010
    There is no change to current health protection advice as there has been no significant change in the way the plume of volcanic ash is behaving. It is patchy, mainly at high altitude, with only small amounts reaching ground level.
    Added/updated: 17 April 2010
  • Health Advice following predicted grounding of Icelandic volcanic plume in the United Kingdom  Release date: 15 April 2010
    Updated information received from the Met Office on weather patterns in the UK now indicates that a small fraction of the Icelandic volcanic plume is likely to reach ground level over the UK tonight and tomorrow morning, and low levels of sulphur dioxide are expected in the plume
    Added/updated: 16 April 2010
  • Statement on health effects of Icelandic volcanic ash plume  Release date: 15 April 2010
    The Health Protection Agency is advising that the plume of volcanic ash currently trapped in the atmosphere above the United Kingdom is not a significant risk to public health because it is at high altitude.
    Added/updated: 15 April 2010
  • HPA announces non executive appointments  Release date: 25 March 2010
    The Health Protection Agency’s (HPA) Board has this week welcomed the appointment of three new non-executive Board members.
    Added/updated: 25 March 2010
  • Good practice reminder on open farms  Release date: 23 March 2010
    As we are approaching the busy Easter holiday season when families are likely to visit open farms, the Health Protection Agency, Health and Safety Executive and Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services have jointly published a timely reminder of good practice in reducing the risk of infection to visitors to open farms. It is recognised that the risks cannot be completely eliminated.
    Added/updated: 23 March 2010
  • MRSA and C. difficile quarterly update  Release date: 19 March 2010
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has today published a quarterly epidemiological commentary on trends of MRSA (meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bloodstream infections and C. difficile (Clostridium difficile) infections from October 2007 to December 2009.
    Added/updated: 19 March 2010
  • Cases of tuberculosis continue to increase  Release date: 16 March 2010
    Health Protection Agency publishes new figures for 2009
    Added/updated: 14 June 2010
  • Have your say on equality and diversity plans  Release date: 23 February 2010
    Consultation begins on Single Equality Scheme
    Added/updated: 23 February 2010
  • Anthrax alert for heroin users in London  Release date: 5 February 2010
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) and NHS London can confirm that a drug injecting heroin user has tested positive for anthrax and is being treated in a London hospital.
    Added/updated: 5 February 2010
  • Scientists issue comprehensive report into health effects of ultrasound  Release date: 2 February 2010
    The independent Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation (AGNIR), which reports to the Health Protection Agency, has reviewed the latest scientific evidence on the health effects of ultrasound (frequencies above 20 kilohertz) and infrasound (below 20 Hz).
    Added/updated: 1 February 2010
  • Health Protection Agency welcomes addition of new pneumococcal vaccine to childhood immunisation programme  Release date: 19 January 2010
    Children to receive protection against 13 strains of pneumococcal bacteria
    Added/updated: 19 January 2010
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 14 January 2010
    A small increase in the rate of flu-like illness in England has been reported this week. The rate remains low and well within the baseline zone.
    Added/updated: 18 October 2011
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 8 January 2010
    Most indicators show that flu activity is continuing to decrease across the UK. Some caution must be exercised, however, as the indicators may be influenced by the holiday period.
    Added/updated: 18 October 2011
  • Three children die with suspected meningitis in Suffolk  Release date: 2 January 2010
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) can confirm that three children from the Ipswich area have died from suspected meningitis. The first child died in mid-December 2009.
    Added/updated: 4 January 2010