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2011 Press Releases

  • HPA publishes second migrant health report  Release date: 20 December 2011
    The Health Protection Agency’s (HPA) second report on Migrant Health, and the first UK-wide report is published today.
    Added/updated: 20 December 2011
  • Levels of norovirus within seasonal norms  Release date: 19 December 2011
    Norovirus is highly contagious and can be transmitted by contact with an infected person; by consuming contaminated food or water or by contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. The virus spreads rapidly in closed environments such as hospitals, schools, nursing and residential homes.
    Added/updated: 19 December 2011
  • HPA warns winter sun seekers to seek protection from malaria  Release date: 16 December 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is reminding UK travellers visiting friends and family or taking winter sun holidays to ensure they take anti-malaria tablets when visiting countries where malaria is prevalent.
    Added/updated: 16 December 2011
  • New study finds post natal women have an 'increased risk' of TB  Release date: 9 December 2011
    The risk of TB diagnosis is significantly increased in women during the first six months after pregnancy, according to a new UK-wide study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine today (Friday).
    Added/updated: 8 December 2011
  • One in 20 TB patients do not complete treatment  Release date: 6 December 2011
    One in 20 TB patients are failing to complete the full treatment for their infection because they are lost to follow up, according to new Health Protection Agency (HPA) figures published in its Annual TB Report 2011 today (Tuesday).
    Added/updated: 6 December 2011
  • Over 90 per cent of campylobacter outbreaks at catering venues in 2011 linked to undercooked chicken liver pate  Release date: 2 December 2011
    New figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have revealed that over 90 per cent of outbreaks of Campylobacter food poisoning at catering venues in 2011 were linked to chicken liver pate consumption. In light of this, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is again reminding caterers to cook poultry livers thoroughly to avoid the risk of food poisoning.
    Added/updated: 1 December 2011
  • HPA urges 'universal testing' for HIV as it is revealed more than 21,000 people are unaware they have the infection  Release date: 29 November 2011
    The number of people living with HIV in the UK reached an estimated 91,500 in 2010, with a quarter of those unaware of their infection, according to Health Protection Agency (HPA) figures published today (Tuesday) ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December.
    Added/updated: 29 November 2011
  • New guidelines for the management of norovirus  Release date: 25 November 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA), together with other professional bodies from the norovirus working group have today launched the new ‘Guidelines for the management of Norovirus outbreaks in acute and community health and social care settings’ As well as researching the average level of mercury found in people’s hair, experts at the HPA will be investigating the average level of cadmium, phthalates and tobacco smoke chemicals found in people’s urine in the UK.
    Added/updated: 25 November 2011
  • Scientists to assess the level of toxic chemicals in European people  Release date: 22 November 2011
    Scientists at the Health Protection Agency are to investigate the extent to which people are being exposed to several chemicals found in the environment. As well as researching the average level of mercury found in people’s hair, experts at the HPA will be investigating the average level of cadmium, phthalates and tobacco smoke chemicals found in people’s urine in the UK.
    Added/updated: 22 November 2011
  • Health Protection Agency welcomes the Approval of ERWINAZE™ Biologics License Application for Treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia  Release date: 21 November 2011
    The Health Protection Agency welcomed the news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Biologics License Application (BLA) for ERWINAZE™.
    Added/updated: 21 November 2011
  • Advice on reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning over winter  Release date: 21 November 2011
    With the start of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, the Health Protection Agency is 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: 20 December 2012
  • Over half of all people who visit their doctor with coughs and colds still expect antibiotics  Release date: 18 November 2011
    Twenty per cent of adults visited their doctor with a recent respiratory tract infection such as a cough, cold, flu or sore throat and half expected to be prescribed antibiotics for their illness, according to research, commissioned by the Health Protection Agency (HPA)and launched on European Antibiotic Awareness Day today (Friday).
    Added/updated: 18 November 2011
  • HPA radon drive targets even more Cornwall residents  Release date: 14 November 2011
    Offers of free HPA radon tests have gone out to thousands more Cornwall residents.
    Added/updated: 14 November 2011
  • Recall of Loyd Grossman Korma sauces following botulism link  Release date: 13 November 2011
    Preliminary tests carried out by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have identified the toxin that causes botulism from a used jar of Loyd Grossman Korma sauce. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is advising consumers who have purchased the particular batch of the product to not consume it. A full recall of this product batch has been issued and the sauce is being removed from shop shelves.
    Added/updated: 13 November 2011
  • Cases of botulism being investigated in Scotland  Release date: 11 November 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware of two cases of suspected botulism in children in Scotland. These cases have not yet been confirmed microbiologically but the symptoms point towards it being botulism.
    Added/updated: 11 November 2011
  • ‘At risk’ groups urged to get vaccinated before flu starts circulating widely  Release date: 10 November 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is today reminding all those in a clinical “at risk” group, who have been invited for flu vaccination by their GP and who have not yet received it, to take up the offer.
    Added/updated: 10 November 2011
  • Health Protection Agency (HPA) reveals that drugs users face an increased risk from wound botulism and tetanus  Release date: 10 November 2011
    People who inject drugs (PWID) are at an increased risk for spore forming bacteria infections such as wound botulism and tetanus, according to the latest HPA annual report “Shooting Up”.
    Added/updated: 10 November 2011
  • NICE publishes quality improvement guide on preventing and controlling healthcare associated infections  Release date: 9 November 2011
    NICE has today (9 November) published its quality improvement guide on the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) in secondary care settings. Produced in partnership with the Health Protection Agency (HPA) as part of a pilot project, the guide identifies the organisational characteristics, arrangements and practices that describe excellence in care and practice to prevent and control HCAIs.
    Added/updated: 8 November 2011
  • Update on Legionnaires’ cluster in UK travellers returning from Corfu  Release date: 2 November 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware of a further case of Legionnaires’ disease in people who have travelled to Corfu since August, bringing the total to 14. The HPA is also aware of one case of the non-pneumonic form of the infection in a returning UK traveller from Corfu.
    Added/updated: 2 November 2011
  • HPA sessions to help solve radon problems in Highland homes  Release date: 1 November 2011
    The latest wave of tests for radioactive gas radon in the Highlands, found nine homes had readings more than four times over the point that HPA recommends action.
    Added/updated: 1 November 2011
  • HPA advice sessions to help solve radon problems  Release date: 25 October 2011
    The latest wave of tests for radioactive gas radon in Aberdeenshire, has identified homes with the area’s highest readings.
    Added/updated: 25 October 2011
  • Update on Legionnaires’ cluster in UK travellers returning from Corfu  Release date: 21 October 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware of a further confirmed case of Legionnaires’ disease in people who have travelled to Corfu since August, bringing the total to 13. Another possible case with travel history to Corfu is under investigation.
    Added/updated: 21 October 2011
  • Fish pedicures unlikely to cause infection  Release date: 18 October 2011
    The risk of infection associated with Garra rufa fish pedicures is likely to be very low, Health Protection Agency (HPA) scientists said today.
    Added/updated: 18 October 2011
  • Update on Legionnaires’ cluster in UK travellers returning from Corfu  Release date: 14 October 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware of a further three confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people who have travelled to Corfu since August, bringing the total to 12. Another three possible cases with travel history to Corfu are under investigation.
    Added/updated: 14 October 2011
  • International day for disaster reduction  Release date: 13 October 2011
    Today marks the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction; the focus of this year’s awareness day is on the valuable contribution that children can make in reducing the impact of natural disasters and in making decisions that can safeguard both their lives and the lives of people in their community.
    Added/updated: 18 October 2011
  • First line treatment for gonorrhoea forced to change as failure of drugs looms  Release date: 10 October 2011
    The oral antibiotic most widely used over the past decade to treat gonorrhoea – cefixime – is no longer recommended as the first choice for treatment in the UK
    Added/updated: 10 October 2011
  • Legionnaires’ cluster in UK travellers returning from Corfu  Release date: 7 October 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware of nine cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people who have travelled to Corfu since August. The HPA is currently working with colleagues in the UK, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the Greek Public Health authorities to collect and share further information regarding a possible source or sources.
    Added/updated: 14 October 2011
  • HPA Issues Warning About An Outbreak Of Shigella Flexneri Dysentery In Men Who Have Sex With Men  Release date: 7 October 2011
    Sexual health experts at the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have today issued an alert about an outbreak of an infection known as Shigella flexneri dysentery. It is thought that the infection is being transmitted between men during sex.
    Added/updated: 7 October 2011
  • HPA Study Confirms Cost-Effectiveness of Screening All Intensive Care Patients For MRSA  Release date: 7 October 2011
    A study led by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has shown screening all intensive care unit (ICU) patients for MRSA using new molecular tests that can deliver results within just a few hours, is likely to represent a good use of NHS resources.
    Added/updated: 7 October 2011
  • Drop in ‘legal high’ poisonings following ban  Release date: 5 October 2011
    Banning so-called ‘legal highs’ including mephedrone led to a fall in the number of queries on how to treat users, poisoning experts have found.
    Added/updated: 18 September 2012
  • UK E. coli O157 outbreak associated with soil on vegetables  Release date: 30 September 2011
    Consumers reminded to wash vegetables thoroughly and observe good kitchen hygiene.
    Added/updated: 18 October 2011
  • New radon drive in Cornwall  Release date: 27 September 2011
    Tens of thousands of homes are being targeted in a Health Protection Agency (HPA) and Cornwall Council campaign to reduce exposure to a cancer-causing radioactive gas.
    Added/updated: 31 October 2011
  • As students return to university HPA reminds of meningitis and measles risk  Release date: 19 September 2011
    The Health Protection Agency is reminding students about the importance of receiving the MMR and Men C vaccinations before they return to university campus, where outbreaks can occur. In a leaflet available on the HPA website, students are also advised on how to spot the early signs of these serious infections.
    Added/updated: 19 September 2011
  • Wild mushroom caution urged by poisons specialists  Release date: 16 September 2011
    Wild food enthusiasts are being urged to take extra care when picking mushrooms, by the Health Protection Agency’s poisons experts.
    Added/updated: 15 September 2011
  • Computer software to spot emergence of new 'legal highs'  Release date: 14 September 2011
    A computer early warning system is to spot new so-called ‘legal highs’ as they emerge across the country, according to findings presented at the HPA's annual conference - Health Protection 2011 - at the University of Warwick today (Wednesday).
    Added/updated: 18 September 2012
  • Conference hears how bean sprouts were identified as the vehicle of transmission in national S. Bareilly outbreak  Release date: 14 September 2011
    Delegates to the Health Protection Agency’s annual conference (Health Protection 2011) at the University of Warwick today (Wednesday 14 September) heard about the detective work that identified raw bean sprouts as the main vehicle of transmission in a national outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly food-poisoning.
    Added/updated: 13 September 2011
  • Unique 'find and treat' TB service found to be cost-effective  Release date: 14 September 2011
    A mobile X-ray unit, which identifies people with TB infection in hard to reach communities has proved a cost effective way of treating people with TB in London. These findings are published in the British Medical Journal and will be at the HPA's annual conference - Health Protection 2011 - at the University of Warwick today (Wednesday).
    Added/updated: 18 October 2011
  • Genetic sequencing revolutionising the control of healthcare associated infections  Release date: 13 September 2011
    Cutting edge genetic sequencing technology holds the key to helping to control the spread of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) according to research presented at the HPA's annual conference, Health Protection 2011, at the University of Warwick today (Tuesday 13 September).
    Added/updated: 13 September 2011
  • Think twice when preparing your ice!  Release date: 13 September 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is calling for people and businesses to take better hygiene measures when preparing ice for food and drink consumption, as poor practices are revealed in a poster presentation at the HPA's annual conference - Health Protection 2011 - at the University of Warwick today (Tuesday).
    Added/updated: 12 September 2011
  • Demand for post exposure rabies vaccine trebles since 2000  Release date: 13 September 2011
    A threefold increase in the number of people seeking post-exposure vaccine for rabies suggests that more UK travellers may be putting themselves at risk of contact with potentially rabid animals, according to findings presented at the Health Protection Agency's annual conference - Health Protection 2011 - at the University of Warwick today (Tuesday).
    Added/updated: 12 September 2011
  • Think skin during the Olympics – with HPA help!  Release date: 13 September 2011
    Sports fans in the capital for the London 2012 Olympic Games could protect against sunburn, by checking their phones for HPA updates on levels of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) it’s revealed at the HPA's annual conference - Health Protection 2011 - at the University of Warwick today (Tuesday).
    Added/updated: 12 September 2011
  • Population study reveals that 'one in four' suffer from a gastro infection every year  Release date: 13 September 2011
    Infectious intestinal disease (IID) now affects up to 17 million people in the community in the UK annually, and rates in England have increased by nearly 50 per cent since the early 1990s, delegates to Health Protection 2011, the Health Protection Agency’s annual conference at Warwick University, were told today.
    Added/updated: 12 September 2011
  • Botulism outbreak in France  Release date: 9 September 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has been made aware of eight cases of botulism in French adults in France. Five of these cases were confirmed in the Vaucluse region of southern France and three were in the Somme, in northern France. All of these cases are now being treated in hospital.
    Added/updated: 9 September 2011
  • Salmonella Enteritidis PT 14b outbreak is over  Release date: 5 September 2011
    An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Phage Type (PT) 14b that affected 262 people in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man since the beginning of April this year has been declared over. The majority of the cases were in North West England (111), the West Midlands (38), Yorkshire and Humberside (36) and the East Midlands (31).
    Added/updated: 5 September 2011
  • Updated HIV figures published today  Release date: 1 September 2011
    Data released today by the Health Protection Agency shows that almost 70,000 persons were accessing HIV-related care at the end of 2010, an increase of 4,100 (6%) compared to 2009. An estimated 90% were being treated as indicated under the current national guidelines.
    Added/updated: 18 October 2011
  • Salmonella Enteritidis PT 14b investigation continues - Latest  Release date: 26 August 2011
    A multi-agency investigation is continuing after a link has been established between a batch of imported eggs and an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Phage Type (PT) 14b infection in England and Wales.
    Added/updated: 18 October 2011
  • Malaria cases in Greece  Release date: 23 August 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has been made aware that since June 2011 six cases of malaria have been reported in Greece. All six cases were seen in people who had no history of travel to a country where malaria is common.
    Added/updated: 23 August 2011
  • New estimates of cancer risks after exposure to radiation  Release date: 23 August 2011
    New estimates on the risk of developing some types of cancer after exposure to ionising radiation have been published by the Health Protection Agency’s Advisory Group on Ionising Radiation (AGIR).
    Added/updated: 5 August 2013
  • Salmonella Enteritidis PT 14b investigation continues - Latest  Release date: 18 August 2011
    A multi-agency investigation is continuing after a link has been established between a batch of imported eggs and an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Phage Type (PT) 14b infection in England and Wales.
    Added/updated: 18 October 2011
  • Salmonella Enteritidis PT 14b investigation - Latest  Release date: 12 August 2011
    A multi-agency investigation is continuing after a link has been established between a batch of imported eggs and an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Phage Type (PT) 14b infection in England and Wales.
    Added/updated: 12 August 2011
  • Salmonella Enteritidis PT 14b investigation - Latest  Release date: 8 August 2011
    A multi-agency investigation has established a link between a batch of imported eggs and an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Phage Type (PT) 14b infection in England and Wales. One hundred and ninety-three cases of Salmonella Enteritidis PT 14b infection have been reported since the beginning of this year, the majority being in North West England (90 cases), the West Midlands (32 cases), and the East Midlands (24).
    Added/updated: 8 August 2011
  • Progress in Salmonella Enteritidis PT 14b investigation  Release date: 29 July 2011
    A multi-agency investigation established a link between a batch of imported eggs and an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Phage Type (PT) 14b infection in England and Wales. One hundred and 74 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis PT 14b infection have been reported since the beginning of this year, the majority being in North West England (77 cases) and the West Midlands (35 cases).
    Added/updated: 18 October 2011
  • Four thousand people in England may need liver transplants by 2020 due to hepatitis C, HPA warns  Release date: 28 July 2011
    It is estimated that around 216,000 individuals in the UK are living with chronic hepatitis C, many of whom are unaware of it. Those individuals who have not yet been diagnosed and treated are at risk of developing serious liver disease. Latest Health Protection Agency (HPA) figures have estimated that around 4,200 people in England would need a liver transplant as a result of hepatitis C by 2020 if action is not taken.
    Added/updated: 27 July 2011
  • Landfill health effects investigated  Release date: 28 July 2011
    Well managed landfill sites do not pose a significant risk to public health, say scientists. Health Protection Agency (HPA) experts have considered studies looking at emissions from sites and research on health effects posed by modern landfill sites and concluded there is little cause for concern for those living nearby.
    Added/updated: 27 July 2011
  • New Scottish radon map published  Release date: 21 July 2011
    Digital mapping techniques have enabled the Health Protection Agency and British Geological Survey to produce a new radon map of Scotland. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas which seeps up from the ground and is the second largest cause of lung cancer in the UK.
    Added/updated: 21 July 2011
  • Update on E. coli O104 outbreak in Germany and cluster of cases in France  Release date: 14 July 2011
    Fewer new cases of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) and bloody diarrhoea (VTEC or EHEC infection, caused by E. coli O104) were reported in Germany this week and there are no additional cases in France. This will therefore be the last update from the HPA on this issue unless there are any significant developments.
    Added/updated: 14 July 2011
  • Update on the Fukushima Incident  Release date: 14 July 2011
    The Health Protection Agency, Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Northern Ireland Environment Agency monitoring stations have reported a continuing fall in the minute traces of radiation associated with events at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan. Overall, the levels are even lower than those observed in the previous update published on May 19.
    Added/updated: 14 July 2011
  • HPA issues new advice on management of E. coli cases in children  Release date: 11 July 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has published new guidelines to assist healthcare professionals in the management and treatment of acute bloody diarrhoea in children, with particular reference to those cases linked to vero-cytotoxin producing E. coli infection (VTEC).
    Added/updated: 11 July 2011
  • Fun in the sun – but take care too!  Release date: 8 July 2011
    As the holiday season gets underway, radiation experts at the HPA are urging caution in the summer sun. Each year many thousands of holidaymakers in the UK, and those who head abroad, burn their skin after spending too long in the heat of the summer sun.
    Added/updated: 8 July 2011
  • Update on E. coli O104 outbreak in Germany and cluster of cases in France  Release date: 7 July 2011
    This week there have again been fewer new cases of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) and bloody diarrhoea (VTEC or EHEC infection, caused by E. coli O104) in Germany.
    Added/updated: 8 July 2011
  • Update on E. coli O104 outbreak in Germany and cluster of cases in France  Release date: 30 June 2011
    New cases of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) and bloody diarrhoea (VTEC or EHEC infection, caused by E. coli O104) in Germany are continuing to decrease this week.
    Added/updated: 30 June 2011
  • E. coli cluster in France  Release date: 29 June 2011
    The HPA is aware of an E. coli incident involving seeds in France and so far no cases have been reported in the UK associated with this cluster.
    Added/updated: 29 June 2011
  • Measles cases surpass 2010 total but MMR vaccine uptake reaches 90 per cent for the first time in 13 years  Release date: 24 June 2011
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) reveal that 496 laboratory confirmed cases of measles have been reported in England and Wales up to the end of May 2011, surpassing the annual 2010 total of 374 cases.
    Added/updated: 31 July 2012
  • Update on E. coli outbreak in Germany  Release date: 23 June 2011
    New cases of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) and bloody diarrhoea (VTEC or EHEC infection, caused by E. coli O104) in Germany are continuing to decrease this week.
    Added/updated: 23 June 2011
  • As Glastonbury approaches the HPA launches a festival goers guide to staying well  Release date: 21 June 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) wants to remind festival goers of a few ‘top tips’ to keep themselves healthy through the season.
    Added/updated: 12 July 2011
  • Update on E. coli outbreak in Germany  Release date: 16 June 2011
    New cases of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) and bloody diarrhoea (VTEC or EHEC infection, caused by E. coli O104) in Germany have decreased significantly this week.
    Added/updated: 17 June 2011
  • STIs drop for first time in a decade while testing and chlamydia screening rise  Release date: 15 June 2011
    New figures released today by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show for the first time in more than 10 years a small decrease in the total number of STIs diagnosed in England, most notably in young people. In 2010 there were 418,598 new STI diagnoses made in England, a decrease of one percent from the previous year when 424,782 cases were diagnosed.
    Added/updated: 14 June 2011
  • Update on E. coli outbreak in Germany  Release date: 13 June 2011
    Since Friday, the German authorities have today reported 22 new cases of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS), bringing the total to 781. In addition, a further 218 cases of bloody diarrhoea (VTEC or EHEC infection, caused by E. coli O104) were recorded, bringing the total to 2,447. Five more people are reported to have died in Germany since Friday – one from HUS and four from bloody diarrhoea. The total number of deaths from the outbreak now stands at 36 – 23 from HUS (22 in Germany, one in Sweden) and 13 from bloody diarrhoea (all in Germany).
    Added/updated: 13 June 2011
  • HPA scientists unlock secrets of E. coli outbreak strain  Release date: 13 June 2011
    Scientists at the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have produced the most accurate and detailed genetic analysis to date of the E. coli O104 strain which is causing the outbreak of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) and VTEC E. coli infection (bloody diarrhoea) in Germany.
    Added/updated: 13 June 2011
  • Update on E. coli outbreak in Germany  Release date: 10 June 2011
    The German authorities have today reported 37 new cases of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS), bringing the total number of cases to 759. In addition, a further 143 cases of bloody diarrhoea (VTEC or EHEC infection, caused by E. coli O104) were recorded, bringing the total to 2,229. Four more people are reported to have died in Germany today, bringing the total number of deaths from the outbreak to 31 – 22 with HUS (21 in Germany, one in Sweden) and nine with bloody diarrhoea (all in Germany).
    Added/updated: 10 June 2011
  • Update on E. coli outbreak in Germany  Release date: 9 June 2011
    The German authorities have today reported 33 new cases of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS), bringing the total number of cases to 722. In addition, a further 127 cases of bloody diarrhoea (VTEC or EHEC infection, caused by E. coli O104) were recorded, bringing the total to 2,086. A total of 27 people are now reported to have died – 19 with HUS (18 in Germany, one in Sweden) and eight with bloody diarrhoea (all in Germany).
    Added/updated: 10 June 2011
  • Update on E. coli outbreak in Germany  Release date: 8 June 2011
    The German authorities have reported 47 further cases of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) today, bringing the total number of cases to 689. In addition, 276 more cases of bloody diarrhoea (VTEC or EHEC infection, caused by E. coli O104) have been reported, bringing the total to 1,959. 25 people are now reported to have died - 19 with HUS (18 in Germany, one in Sweden) and six with bloody diarrhoea (all in Germany).
    Added/updated: 8 June 2011
  • Update on E. coli outbreak in Germany  Release date: 7 June 2011
    A further 12 cases of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) have been reported by Germany today, bringing the total number of cases to 642. In addition, the German authorities report 82 more cases of bloody diarrhoea (VTEC or EHEC infection, caused by E. coli O104), bringing the total to 1,683. Twenty-three people are now reported to have died – 16 with HUS (15 in Germany, one in Sweden) and seven with bloody diarrhoea (all in Germany).
    Added/updated: 7 June 2011
  • Update on large outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome caused by E. coli in Germany – important advice for travellers  Release date: 6 June 2011
    According to Robert Koch Institute in Germany (www.rki.de), cases of HUS in the country have risen to 630 since Friday, with 16 reported deaths. A further 1,601 people are reported to be suffering from bloody diarrhoea (VTEC or EHEC infection, caused by E. coli O104) with six deaths – bringing the total number of official reported deaths in Germany to 22.
    Added/updated: 6 June 2011
  • HIV will hit 100,000 in 2012  Release date: 6 June 2011
    In a report released by the Health Protection Agency to mark the 30 year anniversary of the first HIV diagnosis on 5th June 1981 in Los Angeles, epidemiologists are predicting that the number living with HIV in the UK will hit 100,000 by 2012.
    Added/updated: 6 June 2011
  • Update on large outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome caused by E. coli in Germany – important advice for travellers  Release date: 3 June 2011
    The Robert Koch Institute in Germany (www.rki.de) have confirmed that the number of cases of HUS in Germany has risen to 520, with 11 reported deaths. They have also confirmed 1,213 cases of bloody diarrhoea (VTEC or EHEC infection), related to the outbreak of E. coli O104), with 6 deaths – bringing the total number of official reported deaths in Germany to 17.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2011
  • Update on large outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome caused by E. coli in Germany – important advice for travellers  Release date: 2 June 2011
    Cases of HUS in Germany have risen to 470, with nine reported deaths. German authorities have also reported 1,064 cases of bloody diarrhoea (VTEC or EHEC infection, caused by E. coli O104) related to the outbreak, with 4 deaths – bringing the total number of official reported deaths in Germany to 13.
    Added/updated: 2 June 2011
  • International Agency for Cancer Research Classification of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields  Release date: 31 May 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) notes the recent IARC classification of radio waves in Group 2B “possibly carcinogenic”. Radio waves are very common in the environment and are used in radio and television broadcasts, wireless computer networks, pagers, radar, and cordless and mobile phones. This last use leads to a higher exposure than other uses and is the reason for the IARC review.
    Added/updated: 31 May 2011
  • Update on large outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome caused by E. coli in Germany – important advice for travellers  Release date: 31 May 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware that Germany is currently experiencing a large outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), which is a serious complication from verocytotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC) infection that requires hospitalisation.
    Added/updated: 1 June 2011
  • Update on large outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome caused by E. coli in Germany – important advice for travellers  Release date: 27 May 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware that Germany is currently experiencing a large outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), which is a serious complication from verocytotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC) infection that requires hospitalisation.
    Added/updated: 27 May 2011
  • HPA confirms measles cases until end of April 2011  Release date: 27 May 2011
    334 laboratory confirmed cases of measles have been reported in England and Wales to the Health Protection Agency up to the end of April 2011, compared to a provisional total of 374 cases for the whole of 2010.
    Added/updated: 7 June 2011
  • Large outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome caused by E. coli in Germany – important advice for travellers  Release date: 26 May 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware that Germany is currently experiencing a large outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), which is a serious complication from verocytotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC) infection that requires hospitalisation.
    Added/updated: 26 May 2011
  • Young and middle aged 'hit hardest' by flu this winter  Release date: 25 May 2011
    Young and middle aged adults bore the brunt of influenza this winter with more than 70 per cent of fatal cases hitting this age group, according to figures published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in their annual flu report today (Wednesday).
    Added/updated: 25 May 2011
  • Statement on health effects of Icelandic volcanic ash plume  Release date: 24 May 2011
    The Health Protection Agency is liaising closely with partner organisations across the United Kingdom to monitor the movement of the latest Icelandic volcanic ash plume.
    Added/updated: 31 May 2011
  • Statement on health effects of Icelandic volcanic ash plume  Release date: 23 May 2011
    The Health Protection Agency is advising that the plume of volcanic ash over the north Atlantic is not currently a risk to public health in the United Kingdom.
    Added/updated: 24 May 2011
  • Update on the Fukushima Incident  Release date: 19 May 2011
    The Health Protection Agency, Environment Agency and Northern Ireland Environment Agency monitoring stations have reported further minute traces of radiation associated with events at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan. Overall, the levels are lower than those observed in the previous update published on May 5.
    Added/updated: 19 May 2011
  • HPA reminds parents of importance of MMR  Release date: 13 May 2011
    As we approach the time of year when many children are travelling on school trips and family holidays, the Health Protection Agency is urging parents to protect their children against measles by ensuring they have been immunised with two doses of MMR.
    Added/updated: 13 May 2011
  • Dengue fever cases double among UK travellers  Release date: 11 May 2011
    Reports of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne infection, have more than doubled in UK travellers from 166 reported cases in 2009 to 406 in 2010, according to new figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
    Added/updated: 11 May 2011
  • Update on the Fukushima Incident  Release date: 5 May 2011
    The Health Protection Agency, Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency monitoring stations have reported further minute traces of radiation associated with events at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan. Overall, the levels are lower than those observed in the previous update published on 21 April.
    Added/updated: 5 May 2011
  • European Immunization Week  Release date: 26 April 2011
    The World Health Organization's European Immunization Week (EIW) takes place between 23 - 30 April 2011.
    Added/updated: 26 April 2011
  • Malaria cases up almost 30 per cent in two years as it’s revealed most cases haven’t taken antimalaria tablets  Release date: 25 April 2011
    New figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) on World Malaria Day show that malaria infections have increased for the second year running with 1,761 cases reported in 2010 compared with 1,495 in 2009 and 1,370 in 2008. This is an increase of nearly 30 per cent since 2008.
    Added/updated: 26 April 2011
  • Weekly update on the Fukushima Incident  Release date: 21 April 2011
    The Health Protection Agency, Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Northern Ireland Environment Agency monitoring stations have reported further minute traces of radiation associated with events at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan. Overall, the levels are lower than those observed in last week's update.
    Added/updated: 21 April 2011
  • Hand gels no substitute for handwashing on farm visits  Release date: 20 April 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) wants to remind anyone who is visiting an open farm over the Easter weekend not to rely on sanitising hand gels or wipes to protect themselves or their children against germs that may be present in animal dirt around the farm.
    Added/updated: 19 April 2011
  • Weekly update on the Fukushima Incident  Release date: 14 April 2011
    The Health Protection Agency, Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Northern Ireland Environment Agency monitoring stations have reported further minute traces of radiation associated with events at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan. Overall, the levels are lower than those observed in last week's update.
    Added/updated: 21 April 2011
  • Tick Lyme disease off your holiday list  Release date: 14 April 2011
    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: 14 April 2011
  • Weekly update on the Fukushima Incident  Release date: 7 April 2011
    Added/updated: 7 April 2011
  • Drug resistance developments in the UK - the HPA supports World Health Day 2011  Release date: 7 April 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) welcomes actions to raise the profile of emerging drug resistance and fully supports the focus of World Health Day this year, which looks at the increasing need for the development of new antibiotics to combat this ever-growing trend in drug resistance.
    Added/updated: 11 November 2013
  • Health protection 2011 conference - programme announced  Release date: 5 April 2011
    The Health Protection Agency will showcase another selection of the latest scientific research in health protection in a diverse and wide-ranging programme of presentations, seminars and lectures at its annual conference, 'Health Protection 2011', which is being held at Warwick University from 13-14 September.
    Added/updated: 5 April 2011
  • Weekly update on the Fukushima Incident, 31 March 2011  Release date: 31 March 2011
    The HPA, Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) will jointly provide a weekly update of their air monitoring findings associated with the Fukushima event via the HPA website. This will be posted at 2pm every Thursday.
    Added/updated: 1 April 2011
  • Statement on the Fukushima Incident, 29 March 2011  Release date: 29 March 2011
    The Agency’s radiation protection experts are keeping the situation in Japan under close review and are advising UK government accordingly.
    Added/updated: 29 March 2011
  • World TB Day  Release date: 24 March 2011
    World TB Day on 24th March commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch discovered the tubercle bacillus, the cause of tuberculosis.
    Added/updated: 24 March 2011
  • UK-acquired HIV nearly doubles in ten years  Release date: 23 March 2011
    New diagnoses for people infected with HIV in the UK almost doubled over the past decade, (from 1,950 in 2001 to 3,780 in 2010) according to new figures released today by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
    Added/updated: 23 March 2011
  • Statement on the Fukushima Incident, 17 March 2011  Release date: 17 March 2011
    The Agency’s radiation protection experts are keeping the situation in Japan under close review and are advising UK government accordingly.
    Added/updated: 31 March 2011
  • Statement on the Fukushima Incident  Release date: 16 March 2011
    The Agency’s radiation protection experts are keeping the situation in Japan under close review and are advising UK government accordingly.
    Added/updated: 31 March 2011
  • 300% increase in Hep B prison vaccine helps to drive down infection rates in injecting drug users  Release date: 16 March 2011
    The uptake of the hepatitis B vaccine in prisons across England and Wales has increased three fold in the last six years from 27,161 vaccinations administered in 2003 to 80,762 in 2009. The findings are revealed in the Health Protection Agency’s annual prison health report, published today.
    Added/updated: 15 March 2011
  • UK stem cell bank teams up with leading Massachusetts university to drive forward stem cell research  Release date: 15 March 2011
    The UK Stem Cell Bank based at the HPA’s National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) and the newly established Human Stem Cell Bank and Registry at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Medical School will announce today plans to share stem cell expertise and technology.
    Added/updated: 14 March 2011
  • HPA statement on fish spa pedicures  Release date: 10 March 2011
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) and Health Protection Scotland are currently unaware of any cases of infection associated with the use of fish spas pedicures in the UK.
    Added/updated: 10 March 2011
  • Radon data published  Release date: 8 March 2011
    Millions of households across England and Wales can now access details about radon measurements in their area, in a new HPA report.
    Added/updated: 20 February 2012
  • Improved reporting shows wider prevalence of PVL  Release date: 17 February 2011
    Reported cases of Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL) – a toxin associated with a bacteria known as Staphylococcus aureus – have increased 10 fold in England in the last six years, according to figures published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) today.
    Added/updated: 17 February 2011
  • Weekly influenza media statement, 10 February 2011  Release date: 10 February 2011
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) indicate that flu activity continues to decline below the baseline level across the UK.
    Added/updated: 10 February 2011
  • Weekly influenza statement, 3 February 2011  Release date: 3 February 2011
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) indicate that flu activity has declined across the UK and is now below baseline levels in England, Wales and Scotland.
    Added/updated: 9 February 2011
  • New HPA guidance on tackling emerging antibiotic resistance  Release date: 31 January 2011
    New guidance has been developed by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to advise on the management of patients who are infected with bacteria resistant to carbapenem antibiotics.
    Added/updated: 11 November 2013
  • Weekly flu statement, 27 January 2011  Release date: 27 January 2011
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) indicate that flu activity in the UK is continuing to decline. The predominant strain in circulation is now influenza B which has overtaken influenza A H1N1 2009 ‘swine flu’. This drop in activity is consistent across all the surveillance systems that are used to look at levels of flu.
    Added/updated: 9 February 2011
  • New online resource launched to help GPs and nurses care for migrant patients  Release date: 26 January 2011
    Primary Care practitioners can now access a broad range of information to help them look after patients who have come to live in the UK from abroad, following today's launch of a free-to-use online resource by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
    Added/updated: 25 January 2011
  • Weekly influenza statement, 20 January 2011  Release date: 20 January 2011
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) indicate that flu activity across the UK is now declining. Nevertheless flu is still circulating in the community and influenza A H1N1 (2009) 'swine' flu and influenza B remain the predominant strains. A small proportion of flu continues to result in severe disease, particularly in people under the age of 65.
    Added/updated: 9 February 2011
  • Weekly influenza statement, 13 January 2011  Release date: 13 January 2011
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) indicate a mixed picture of flu activity across the UK. Some indicators are suggesting that the level of flu activity is beginning to plateau but this should be interpreted with caution as we are still monitoring data collected over the Christmas and New Year period when the rate of consultations will have been lower due to closure of school and GP surgeries.
    Added/updated: 9 February 2011
  • Weekly influenza statement, 6 January 2011  Release date: 6 January 2011
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) indicate that levels of seasonal flu may be starting to peak in England, Wales and Scotland. This is to be interpreted with caution as the rate of consultations will have decreased owing to school and GP surgeries closing over the holiday period.
    Added/updated: 9 February 2011
  • Scale of UK exposure to X-rays revealed  Release date: 4 January 2011
    Greater use of X-rays over the last ten years, including a 140 per cent increase in CT examinations, has raised the annual radiation dose the UK public receives, HPA research has found.
    Added/updated: 4 January 2011

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