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2012 Press Releases

  • Dr Brian McCloskey, Health Protection Agency's Olympics lead, awarded CBE  Release date: 29 December 2012
    Dr Brian McCloskey has been awarded a CBE in recognition of services to public health and public safety in the New Year 2013 Honours List.
    Added/updated: 28 December 2012
  • HPA update on seasonal norovirus activity: 28 December 2012  Release date: 28 December 2012
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show there have been 3,538 laboratory confirmed cases of norovirus this season (from week 27 to week 50 2012), up from 3,046 cases last week. The latest figures are 83 percent higher than the number of cases reported at this point last year (the same increase as was reported last week), when there were 1,934 cases.
    Added/updated: 28 December 2012
  • Flu activity continuing to increase  Release date: 27 December 2012
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) indicate that increases in flu activity continue to be seen across several indicators, including GP consultation rates, the proportion of calls to NHS Direct and new admissions to intensive care or high dependency units.
    Added/updated: 27 December 2012
  • Whooping cough cases remain high  Release date: 21 December 2012
    Figures published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) today show that cases of whooping cough have continued at high levels during November with 1,080 confirmed cases reported for England and Wales, bringing the total number of cases so far this year to 8,819*. No deaths were reported in November.
    Added/updated: 21 December 2012
  • Antiviral drugs for seasonal flu approved as HPA urges at-risk groups to get vaccinated  Release date: 20 December 2012
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) indicate that flu is now circulating in the community. Increases have been seen particularly in the five to 14 age group, both from GP consultations and respiratory outbreaks in schools, as well as from calls to NHS Direct.
    Added/updated: 20 December 2012
  • Case of anthrax in Medway  Release date: 19 December 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware that a person who injected heroin has been diagnosed with anthrax infection in Medway and has died.
    Added/updated: 19 December 2012
  • HPA update on seasonal norovirus activity: 18 December 2012  Release date: 18 December 2012
    Figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show that there were 337 confirmed laboratory reports of norovirus in the week ending December 9 2012 and 236 for the week ending 2 December 2012. The latest weekly report is now published.
    Added/updated: 18 December 2012
  • Follow ten top tips for a safe winter holiday  Release date: 14 December 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) are reminding UK travellers visiting friends and family or taking winter holidays to follow some top tips to ensure a safe and healthy holiday.
    Added/updated: 14 December 2012
  • HPA update on seasonal norovirus activity  Release date: 12 December 2012
    Figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show that in the two weeks ending December 2 there has been a 28 per cent reduction in the number of confirmed lab reports of norovirus.
    Added/updated: 12 December 2012
  • Challenges still to be met in reducing occupational exposures to bloodborne viruses  Release date: 7 December 2012
    There were 541 reports of needle stick injuries that exposed healthcare workers to patients carrying bloodborne viruses in 2011, twice as many as a decade ago (2002) when 271 exposures were reported. The figures are published today in the Health Protection Agency’s fourth Eye of the Needle report, which includes occupational exposures to bloodborne viruses in healthcare workers reported by hospitals through the HPA’s enhanced surveillance system. These reports are only a fraction of needle stick injuries that would have occurred.
    Added/updated: 7 December 2012
  • HPA update on seasonal norovirus activity  Release date: 4 December 2012
    Figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show a drop in the number of hospital outbreaks of norovirus from 53 in the two weeks to November 25 2012 down to 40 in the two weeks to the 2 December 2012. The latest weekly report is now published.
    Added/updated: 4 December 2012
  • Whooping cough cases continue to increase  Release date: 30 November 2012
    Figures published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) today reveal 1,614 cases of whooping cough were reported in England and Wales in October 2012, bringing the total number of cases so far this year to 7,728*.
    Added/updated: 30 November 2012
  • HPA welcomes national HIV testing week as new data show quarter of people living with HIV remain undiagnosed in UK  Release date: 29 November 2012
    According to latest Health Protection Agency (HPA) figures there were 6,280 new HIV diagnoses in 2011, taking the total number of people living with HIV in the UK to around 96,000. Publishing in National HIV Testing Week, the data show although late HIV diagnoses dropped slightly in 2011 (47 per cent, from 50 per cent in 2010), a quarter of people with HIV remained unaware of their status.
    Added/updated: 29 November 2012
  • Update on dengue fever cases in Madeira, Portugal  Release date: 26 November 2012
    The outbreak of dengue fever in Madeira was first reported on 3 October 2012 is continuing. As of 18 November, the Portuguese Ministry of Health has reported a total of 1672 cases.
    Added/updated: 26 November 2012
  • Reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning over winter  Release date: 19 November 2012
    To mark 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: 19 November 2012
  • Why your doctor didn’t give you antibiotics today  Release date: 16 November 2012
    A new Antibiotic Awareness leaflet has been produced to encourage patients visiting their doctor with cold and flu symptoms not to ask for antibiotics for their treatment.
    Added/updated: 19 November 2012
  • Survey shows use of antimicrobial stewardship toolkit leads to reduction in inappropriate prescribing in hospitals  Release date: 15 November 2012
    A recent survey has shown that the Start Smart Then Focus (SSTF) antimicrobial stewardship resource has helped improve prescribing practice in hospitals. Having effective leadership from hospital pharmacist and microbiologist to champion an antimicrobial stewardship programme are two of the main elements that ensure its success.
    Added/updated: 15 November 2012
  • Top ten facts about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance  Release date: 14 November 2012
    To mark European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) on November 18 Professor David Livermore, an international expert on antibiotic resistance and the HPA’s lead in this key area has devised his top ten facts about antibiotic resistance and antibiotics.
    Added/updated: 14 November 2012
  • Antibiotics and you  Release date: 14 November 2012
    On European Antibiotics Awareness Day (EAAD), the Health Protection Agency (HPA) wants everyone to think twice before they ask for antibiotics from their doctor for their cold and flu symptoms.
    Added/updated: 14 November 2012
  • HPA publishes whole genome sequence from the UK case of novel coronavirus  Release date: 13 November 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has today published the completed whole genome sequence from the UK case of confirmed novel coronavirus, which was diagnosed on 22 September 2012. The patient continues to receive treatment in a London hospital.
    Added/updated: 13 November 2012
  • Infectious diseases continue to disproportionately affect drug users  Release date: 9 November 2012
    A report from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has found that half of people who inject drugs are infected with hepatitis C, one in 100 have HIV and a third have a bacterial infection as a result of their injecting. Almost a quarter of younger injectors (those aged under 25) continue to share needles and syringes.
    Added/updated: 9 November 2012
  • Half of Legionnaires' cases in holiday makers  Release date: 2 November 2012
    Around half (116) of the 235 cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in England and Wales in 2011 were in returning holiday makers. The annual number of Legionnaires’ cases has fallen from 355 cases in 2010, when around a third (114) were in returning travellers.
    Added/updated: 2 November 2012
  • Case of anthrax confirmed in Oxford  Release date: 2 November 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware that a person who injected heroin has been diagnosed with anthrax infection in Oxford. The patient is recovering.
    Added/updated: 2 November 2012
  • HPA awarded £4 million contract by US government to develop next generation anthrax vaccine  Release date: 30 October 2012
    The US Government, through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded the Health Protection Agency (HPA) a contract worth £4 million ($6.5m) to develop a next generation anthrax vaccine at HPA’s facilities in Porton, Wiltshire, UK. The programme could be worth up to £14m ($24m) if all project milestones are met.
    Added/updated: 30 October 2012
  • HPA spells out health risks at Dalgety Bay beach  Release date: 29 October 2012
    Risks to public health from radiation at Dalgety Bay are low and should not stop beach users from using the area, says a Health Protection Agency (HPA) assessment.
    Added/updated: 29 October 2012
  • Update on dengue fever cases in Madeira, Portugal - 25 October 2012  Release date: 25 October 2012
    The Portuguese Ministry of Public Health has updated the number of Dengue fever cases reported in Madeira, Portugal to 52 confirmed cases and 404 probable cases.
    Added/updated: 25 October 2012
  • Whooping cough outbreak continues  Release date: 25 October 2012
    According to figures published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) today, 1,322 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) were reported in England and Wales in September 2012, bringing the total number of cases so far this year to 6,121*.
    Added/updated: 25 October 2012
  • HPA welcomes medical revalidation  Release date: 19 October 2012
    The Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, today confirmed that medical revalidation will start in December 2012.
    Added/updated: 19 October 2012
  • Update on dengue fever cases in Madeira, Portugal - 18 October 2012  Release date: 19 October 2012
    The Portuguese Ministry of Public Health has updated the number of Dengue fever cases reported in Madeira, Portugal to 37 confirmed cases and 262 probable cases.
    Added/updated: 19 October 2012
  • Salmonella found in liquid egg product  Release date: 16 October 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has seen seven cases of Salmonella Enteritidis PT1 following consumption of a pasteurised liquid egg product which was sold through Myprotein and Nutri Centre websites and Nutri Centre stores. Testing of a sample of the product also showed a positive result for the same type of Salmonella. No other products are known to be affected.
    Added/updated: 16 October 2012
  • On Global Handwashing Day the HPA hopes to set a new Guinness world record  Release date: 15 October 2012
    Today the Health Protection Agency (HPA) is supporting an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest hand hygiene challenge which will aim to teach children about the importance of hand hygiene, particularly when coughing and sneezing.
    Added/updated: 12 October 2012
  • International Day for Disaster Reduction  Release date: 12 October 2012
    The Health Protection Agency is flagging tomorrow’s United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction, which has as its theme this year Women and Girls—the [in]Visible Force of Resilience. The aim of the day is to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions that women make towards making communities more resilient to climate risks.
    Added/updated: 12 October 2012
  • Dengue fever cases in Madeira, Portugal  Release date: 12 October 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware of 18 confirmed cases and 191 probable cases of dengue fever in Madeira, Portugal since early October 2012.
    Added/updated: 12 October 2012
  • HPA launches weekly flu report and encourages at risk groups to get vaccinated  Release date: 11 October 2012
    The Health Protection Agency’s first weekly flu report for the forthcoming 2012/13 season is published today and shows current flu activity is low across the UK at the start of the season. Full weekly publications will run until May 2013.
    Added/updated: 11 October 2012
  • Update on acute respiratory illness associated with a new coronavirus  Release date: 9 October 2012
    In two reports published in Eurosurveillance on 4 October 2012, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirms that since the first case of severe respiratory illness associated with a new type of coronavirus was reported on 22 September 2012, there have been no new cases reported in the UK. The patient being treated in the UK with confirmed coronavirus infection continues to receive intensive care treatment in a London hospital.
    Added/updated: 9 October 2012
  • Typhoid fever vaccine recalled  Release date: 9 October 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a drug alert to healthcare professionals advising them that the manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur MSD has recalled 16 batches of their typhoid vaccine, Typhim Vi.
    Added/updated: 9 October 2012
  • Confirmed case of Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in the UK  Release date: 5 October 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware of a laboratory confirmed case of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in a UK traveller who has recently returned from Afghanistan. The patient has been transferred from Glasgow, Scotland to the high security infectious diseases unit at the Royal Free hospital in London using specialist air transport.
    Added/updated: 5 October 2012
  • Travel advice for Hajj pilgrims  Release date: 3 October 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) want to remind people travelling to Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to seek health advice before making the journey to help ensure a healthy trip.
    Added/updated: 3 October 2012
  • Poisons experts report rise in online enquiries  Release date: 28 September 2012
    The Health Protection Agency commissioned National Poisons Information Service has reported a 5.7 percent increase in online enquiries in the year to April 1, 2012.
    Added/updated: 28 September 2012
  • HPA welcomes introduction of whooping cough vaccination for pregnant women as outbreak continues  Release date: 28 September 2012
    1,230 cases of whooping cough in England and Wales were reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in August 2012, bringing the total number of cases so far this year to 4,791*, according to figures published today (Friday).
    Added/updated: 28 September 2012
  • Acute respiratory illness associated with a new virus identified in the UK  Release date: 23 September 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) can confirm the diagnosis of one laboratory confirmed case of severe respiratory illness associated with a new type of coronavirus. The patient, who is from the Middle East and recently arrived in the UK, is receiving intensive care treatment in a London hospital.
    Added/updated: 25 September 2012
  • Update on outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Costa Brava  Release date: 21 September 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware of a single case of Legionnaires’ disease in a UK resident who had stayed or visited the Blanes region of Costa Brava. This brings the total number of people affected by the outbreak to eight. The other seven cases are in people who are resident in Spain, the Netherlands or Latvia. The Spanish public health authorities are continuing to investigate possible sources of this outbreak.
    Added/updated: 21 September 2012
  • Poisons experts issue warning about wild mushroom foraging  Release date: 18 September 2012
    Wild food enthusiasts are being urged to take extra care when foraging for mushrooms because of the risk of picking toxic varieties, says the Health Protection Agency's poisons experts.
    Added/updated: 17 September 2012
  • Outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Costa Brava  Release date: 14 September 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware of seven confirmed and one possible case of Legionnaires’ disease in people who have stayed or visited Blanes in Costa Brava. Cases are from Spain, the Netherlands and Latvia. The age range of the patients, who are all recovering, is from 48 to 82 years. There are no UK cases associated with this outbreak.
    Added/updated: 14 September 2012
  • Gonorrhoea treatment resistance risk falls but new diagnoses rise  Release date: 12 September 2012
    Latest Health Protection Agency (HPA) surveillance figures - released today at the Health Protection 2012 conference - indicate that, for the first time in five years, the risk of resistance developing in currently recommended gonorrhoea treatments fell slightly in 2011.
    Added/updated: 12 September 2012
  • HPA survey reveals attitudes affecting flu vaccine uptake amongst London midwives  Release date: 11 September 2012
    Uptake of the seasonal influenza vaccine amongst midwives in London could be improved according to a study presented today (Tuesday) at the Health Protection Agency's annual conference - Health Protection 2012 - at the University of Warwick.
    Added/updated: 11 September 2012
  • Climate change will mean increased health risks in the UK says HPA  Release date: 11 September 2012
    Risks to public health in the UK from climate change are spelled out in a report published today by the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 11 September 2012
  • Second case of anthrax confirmed in England  Release date: 10 September 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware that a person who injected heroin has died from anthrax infection in Blackpool Victoria Hospital. This death has occurred three weeks after another person who injects drugs also died in Blackpool from confirmed anthrax infection.
    Added/updated: 10 September 2012
  • Update on outbreak of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in the US  Release date: 7 September 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware that there have been two further confirmed cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) in visitors who had visited Yosemite National Park in California, bringing the total to eight. There has also been one further death, bringing the total to three.
    Added/updated: 27 March 2013
  • Radon help at hand for Cornish residents  Release date: 3 September 2012
    A radon testing programme in Cornwall has found more than 160 homes with levels of the radioactive gas at least five times the point at which the HPA recommends action to protect health.
    Added/updated: 3 September 2012
  • HPA statement on outbreak of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in the US  Release date: 3 September 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware of six confirmed cases, two of whom have died, of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) in visitors who had visited Yosemite National Park in California. United States public health officials believe that these visitors may have been exposed to Hantavirus while staying at the Signature Tent Cabins in Curry Village. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are working with the National Park Service in responding to the situation.
    Added/updated: 27 March 2013
  • Whooping cough cases continue to increase  Release date: 31 August 2012
    1,047 cases of whooping cough in England and Wales were reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in July 2012, bringing the total number of cases so far this year to 3,523*, according to figures published today.
    Added/updated: 31 August 2012
  • Update on Legionnaires’ disease clusters associated with a hotel in Spain  Release date: 24 August 2012
    The Health Protection Agency has been informed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) that the probable source of the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Diamante Beach Hotel in Calpe, Costa Blanca was the onsite spa pool. The spa pool has been demolished and is being rebuilt and any old pipes replaced. ECDC state that there is therefore no further risk of this outbreak continuing and the hotel has now reopened.
    Added/updated: 24 August 2012
  • HPA urges back to school vaccination as measles cases continue to increase  Release date: 24 August 2012
    Almost twice as many confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales have been reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in the first six months of 2012 (964) compared to the same period in 2011 (497), according to latest figures published today (Friday). Overall 1,086 cases were reported in 2011, up from 380 in 2010.
    Added/updated: 24 August 2012
  • Update on new swine flu in the US  Release date: 21 August 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware there have been nearly 250 human cases of swine-origin influenza A(H3N2)v virus in the recent USA outbreak since it was first identified in August 2011.
    Added/updated: 21 August 2012
  • Update 17 August: Legionnaires' disease in Stoke-on-Trent  Release date: 17 August 2012
    Public and environmental health experts continue to investigate the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Stoke-on-Trent after identifying a probable source, in order to eliminate all potential sources from the investigation.
    Added/updated: 17 August 2012
  • Confirmed case of Anthrax in injecting drug user in England  Release date: 17 August 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware that a person who injected drugs (PWID) has died in hospital in Blackpool with confirmed anthrax infection.
    Added/updated: 17 August 2012
  • HPA surveillance systems clear first Olympic hurdle  Release date: 16 August 2012
    The Health Protection Agency’s (HPA) enhanced surveillance systems were put to the test during the 2012 London Olympic Games and have delivered a strong performance.
    Added/updated: 16 August 2012
  • Update 13 August: Legionnaires' disease in Stoke-on-Trent  Release date: 13 August 2012
    A further case of Legionnaires’ disease has been confirmed in the Stoke-on-Trent outbreak bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 21. The case, a man in his seventies, is recovering in hospital.
    Added/updated: 13 August 2012
  • Media update on Legionnaires’ disease in Stoke-on-Trent  Release date: 6 August 2012
    A man in his 70s who was being treated in hospital for Legionnaires’ disease associated with the recent outbreak in Stoke-on-Trent sadly died on Saturday (4 August 2012). The total number of confirmed cases remains at 20.
    Added/updated: 6 August 2012
  • Media update on Legionnaires’ disease in Stoke-on-Trent  Release date: 3 August 2012
    A further case of Legionnaires’ disease has been confirmed in the Stoke-on-Trent outbreak bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 20. The case has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home.
    Added/updated: 6 August 2012
  • Risk of infection from caesareans at nearly 10 per cent  Release date: 1 August 2012
    Research from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) identified 394 surgical site infections among 4,107 women followed up after a caesarean section operation (9.6 per cent).
    Added/updated: 30 July 2012
  • Update 31 July: Legionnaires' disease in Stoke-on-Trent  Release date: 31 July 2012
    Public and environmental health experts continue to investigate the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Stoke-on-Trent after identifying a probable source, in order to eliminate all potential sources from the investigation.
    Added/updated: 31 July 2012
  • Stoke-on-Trent Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak – probable source identified  Release date: 30 July 2012
    Public and environmental health experts investigating the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Stoke-on-Trent believe they have identified a probable source.
    Added/updated: 30 July 2012
  • Update 29 July: Legionnaires' disease in Stoke-on-Trent  Release date: 29 July 2012
    There are no new cases of Legionnaires’ disease to report in Stoke-on-Trent today. The total number of cases remains at 16.
    Added/updated: 30 July 2012
  • Update 28 July: Legionnaires' disease in Stoke-on-Trent  Release date: 28 July 2012
    Sadly one of the patients in hospital with Legionnaires’ disease died today. We are not giving out any further details on the person who has died and our thoughts are with their family. We will await cause of death from the coroner.
    Added/updated: 30 July 2012
  • Media update on Legionnaires’ disease in Stoke-on-Trent  Release date: 27 July 2012
    Four further cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed in the Stoke-on-Trent outbreak bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 15. All those affected are between their late 40s and mid 70s.
    Added/updated: 27 July 2012
  • Whooping cough outbreak continues with 675 new cases reported in June  Release date: 27 July 2012
    Confirmed cases of whooping cough in England and Wales reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) are continuing to rise, with a further 675 cases reported in June, bringing the total so far this year to 2,466.
    Added/updated: 27 July 2012
  • Update on Legionnaires' disease in Stoke-on-Trent  Release date: 26 July 2012
    Two further case of Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed in the Stoke-on-Trent outbreak bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 11. All those affected are between their late 40s and mid 70s. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is also investigating two cases identified in early summer as being possibly linked to the current cluster.
    Added/updated: 26 July 2012
  • Hepatitis C burden continues to grow  Release date: 26 July 2012
    The number of people chronically infected with hepatitis C in the UK is estimated at 216,000, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) annual report on hepatitis C infection published today (Thursday).
    Added/updated: 26 July 2012
  • Italian olives warning after botulism link  Release date: 25 July 2012
    Tests carried out by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) identified the toxin that causes botulism in a jar of Italian olives after an Oxfordshire resident was admitted to hospital with botulism poisoning. No further cases have been identified to date.
    Added/updated: 26 July 2012
  • 3.00pm update on Legionnaires' disease in Stoke-on-Trent  Release date: 25 July 2012
    Two further case of Legionnaires' disease have been confirmed in the Stoke-on-Trent outbreak bringing the total number of cases to nine. All those affected are between their late 40s and mid 70s and are being treated at University Hospital of North Staffordshire. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is also investigating two cases identified in early summer as being possibly linked to the current cluster.
    Added/updated: 25 July 2012
  • UK case of anthrax in injecting drug user  Release date: 25 July 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware of a single case of anthrax in an injecting drug user who has been hospitalised in Scotland.
    Added/updated: 25 July 2012
  • Legionnaires’ disease in Stoke-on-Trent  Release date: 24 July 2012
    Public and environmental health experts from the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the Health and Safety Executive, the NHS in Stoke and Stoke-on-Trent City Council are jointly investigating seven confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Stoke-on-Trent.
    Added/updated: 24 July 2012
  • Update on Legionnaires’ disease clusters associated with a hotel in Spain  Release date: 18 July 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has been alerted to a further twelve cases of Legionnaires’ disease associated with the Diamante Beach Hotel in Calpe, Costa Blanca. Five of the cases are from Belgium and seven from Spain, there have been no additional cases in UK residents since May. This brings the total number of cases associated with this hotel since January 2012 to 33.
    Added/updated: 18 July 2012
  • Increase in whooping cough cases continues  Release date: 6 July 2012
    The number of confirmed cases of pertussis in England and Wales reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) continues to rise, with 1,781 cases reported to the end of May 2012, compared to a total of 1,118cases across the whole of 2011.
    Added/updated: 6 July 2012
  • Update on Legionnaires’ disease clusters associated with a hotel in Spain  Release date: 6 July 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has been alerted to a further twelve cases of Legionnaires’ disease associated with the Diamante Beach Hotel in Calpe, Costa Blanca. Five of the cases are from Belgium and seven from Spain, there have been no additional cases in UK residents since May. This brings the total number of cases associated with this hotel since January 2012 to 33.
    Added/updated: 10 July 2012
  • Drug resistant TB on the increase  Release date: 5 July 2012
    The number of drug resistant cases of TB continues to rise with 431 reports in 2011, up from 342 in 2010 – an increase of 26 per cent. Overall, 8,963 new cases of TB were reported to the Health protection Agency (HPA) in 2011, up from 8,410 cases in 2010. Although this represents an increase in new cases, it is within the range reported to the HPA in recent years.
    Added/updated: 10 July 2012
  • Health Protection Agency fit for Olympics challenge  Release date: 3 July 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) today announced it is ‘Games ready’ for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, after an ongoing programme of work over the past seven years.
    Added/updated: 3 July 2012
  • HPA Launches Rabies E Learning Module for Health Care Workers  Release date: 22 June 2012
    A new online training module for public health professionals and healthcare workers dealing with patients who may have been exposed to rabies has been launched today by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
    Added/updated: 22 June 2012
  • Winter flu season at all time low  Release date: 21 June 2012
    Overall GP consultation rates for influenza-like illness in England and Wales indicate that the 2011/2012 flu season was the lowest on record* according to the Health Protection Agency’s (HPA) annual flu report published today (Thursday).
    Added/updated: 22 June 2012
  • Cases of Cryptosporidiosis now within expected seasonal norms  Release date: 15 June 2012
    The recent increase in cases of Cryptosporidium reported by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in the North East, Yorkshire, West Midlands and East Midlands now appears to be in decline and levels of Cryptosporidosis cases within these regions are now within expected seasonal norms.
    Added/updated: 15 June 2012
  • HPA issues food safety reminder  Release date: 13 June 2012
    During national Food Safety Week, The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is reminding everyone to practise good kitchen hygiene to reduce their risk of becoming unwell.
    Added/updated: 13 June 2012
  • X-ray radiation doses down - but no room for complacency say HPA  Release date: 13 June 2012
    Radiation doses to patients from X-rays are continuing to fall, but there is still some variation in hospitals, an HPA study has found.
    Added/updated: 12 June 2012
  • Update 8 June: Increase in cases of cryptosporidiosis  Release date: 8 June 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) continues to lead a multi-agency investigation to determine whether recent cases of cryptosporidiosis are linked to a common source.
    Added/updated: 8 June 2012
  • Increase in cases of cryptosporidiosis  Release date: 1 June 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) can confirm it is investigating a recent increase in cases of the gastrointestinal infection, cryptosporidiosis, across four regions in England – the North East, Yorkshire, West Midlands and East Midlands.
    Added/updated: 1 June 2012
  • Campers reminded about the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning  Release date: 1 June 2012
    Ahead of the summer holiday season, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) is today reminding campers not to use, light or leave smouldering barbecues inside their tents, caravans or other enclosed spaces because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
    Added/updated: 1 June 2012
  • New data show sexually transmitted infection diagnoses on the rise in England  Release date: 31 May 2012
    Figures released today by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show new sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnoses rose by two per cent in England in 2011, with nearly 427,000 new cases, reversing the small decline observed the previous year. Young heterosexual adults (15-24 years) and men who have sex with men (MSM) remain the groups at highest risk.
    Added/updated: 30 May 2012
  • Confirmed case of rabies in London  Release date: 23 May 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has been notified of a confirmed case of rabies in a patient from London who was bitten by a dog in South Asia. The patient is receiving hospital treatment and all relevant contacts have been followed up.
    Added/updated: 23 May 2012
  • Snapshot survey of healthcare associated infections (HCAI) reveals overall drop in infections down to 6.4 per cent  Release date: 23 May 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is today publishing the results of the fourth HCAI Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) and also the first National Survey on Antibiotic use in England. This report provides a snapshot of the levels of healthcare-associated infections (HCAI) and levels of antibiotic use in hospital Trusts in England in Autumn 2011. This is also the first survey to include hospitals from the independent sector.
    Added/updated: 22 May 2012
  • Country walking? Think snakes...  Release date: 23 May 2012
    Poisons experts are advising people planning country and woodland walks this summer how to reduce their risk of a snake bite.
    Added/updated: 22 May 2012
  • HPA welcomes pre-entry TB screening programme  Release date: 22 May 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) welcomes the decision by the Home Office to replace existing airport based screening for TB infection with a pre-entry screening programme.
    Added/updated: 22 May 2012
  • It’s not too late to act – say HPA radon experts  Release date: 15 May 2012
    Hundreds of householders in the Highlands and Aberdeenshire are being urged to contact the HPA for help to solve their radon problems.
    Added/updated: 14 May 2012
  • Public health map for Europe taking shape  Release date: 15 May 2012
    The foundations for a public health map for Europe, with a focus on environmental factors, have been laid, as part of an innovative HPA led project.
    Added/updated: 14 May 2012
  • Comprehensive review on mobile phone technologies finds no solid evidence of health effects  Release date: 26 April 2012
    A new report by the Health Protection Agency’s independent Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation (AGNIR) has concluded that there is still no convincing evidence that mobile phone technologies cause adverse effects on human health.
    Added/updated: 25 April 2012
  • HPA reports 22 per cent increase in malaria cases returning from the Indian sub-continent  Release date: 25 April 2012
    New figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) on World Malaria Day show that despite a five per cent decrease in malaria infections reported in 2011 (1,677) compared to 2010 (1,761), cases among travellers returning from the Indian-subcontinent increased by 22 per cent, from 274 cases in 2010 to 334 cases in 2011.
    Added/updated: 1 May 2012
  • HPA reports continued increase in whooping cough cases  Release date: 13 April 2012
    665* laboratory confirmed cases of whooping cough have been reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in England and Wales between January and March 2012, compared to total of 1,040* cases across the whole of 2011.
    Added/updated: 1 May 2012
  • HPA issues hand washing reminder ahead of petting farm season  Release date: 4 April 2012
    Ahead of the petting farm season, the HPA is reminding people, especially those with responsibility for young children, to enjoy their farm visits safely by ensuring good hand hygiene after touching farm animals or their surroundings.
    Added/updated: 4 April 2012
  • New Directors of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NATHNAC) Appointed  Release date: 3 April 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) have appointed Dr Vanessa Field and Dr Dipti Patel as joint Directors of NaTHNaC.
    Added/updated: 1 May 2012
  • Risk in UK Shigella Infections Prompts advice for men who have sex with men  Release date: 30 March 2012
    An increase in cases of dysentery caused by shigella infection has been identified among men who have sex with men (MSM) across the UK, according to preliminary findings from a Health Protection Agency (HPA) investigation published today (Friday) in Eurosurveillance.
    Added/updated: 1 May 2012
  • HPA advises public to be 'tick aware' to reduce the risk of Lyme disease  Release date: 27 March 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is reminding people to be ‘tick aware’ this year and take sensible precautions to reduce their risk of Lyme disease, as Tick Bite Prevention Week (26 March – 1 April) begins.
    Added/updated: 27 March 2012
  • More than 9,000 TB cases reported in 2011  Release date: 23 March 2012
    Provisional figures released today by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show there were 9,042 new cases of tuberculosis (TB) in the UK in 2011. Compared to provisional numbers reported in 2010 (8,587), this is a five per cent increase.
    Added/updated: 23 March 2012
  • Schmallenberg virus (SBV) identified in UK livestock – an update  Release date: 20 March 2012
    Tests by the Animal Health and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) have confirmed the presence of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in livestock samples submitted since January 2012 from a number of farms across England.
    Added/updated: 1 May 2012
  • HPA investigating problem with commercial syphilis test kit  Release date: 13 March 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is investigating inaccurate results given by a commercially available syphilis test kit that was used in conjunction with other tests to diagnose syphilis between November 2010 and September 2011.
    Added/updated: 13 March 2012
  • HPA experts contribute to WHO publication on antibiotic resistance  Release date: 8 March 2012
    A team of leading Health Protection Agency (HPA) experts have contributed to a World Health Organization (WHO) publication entitled ‘The evolving threat of Antimicrobial Resistance: Options for Action’ which is published today.
    Added/updated: 8 March 2012
  • Schmallenberg virus (SBV) identified in UK livestock  Release date: 27 February 2012
    Tests by the Animal Health and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) have confirmed the presence of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in livestock samples submitted since January 2012 from a number of farms in the south and east of England.
    Added/updated: 1 May 2012
  • Update on Legionnaires’ Cluster Associated with a Hotel in Spain  Release date: 10 February 2012
    10 February 2012, 1400hrs. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has this week been alerted by the Spanish public health authorities about a further case of Legionnaires’ Disease in a UK resident who stayed at the Diamante Beach Hotel in Calpe, Costa Blanca, as well as two French cases. This brings the total number of UK residents associated with this cluster to 12, with three deaths.
    Added/updated: 1 May 2012
  • Development made in breakdown of a Meningitis B vaccine component  Release date: 7 February 2012
    Scientists from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) are a step closer to ensuring the stability of a component of a vaccine that may one day be used to protect against Meningitis B. The research is published today (Tuesday) in Vaccine.
    Added/updated: 1 May 2012
  • Update on Legionnaires’ Cluster Associated with a Hotel in Spain  Release date: 3 February 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware of nine cases of Legionnaires’ disease in English holiday makers associated with the Diamante Beach Hotel in Calpe, Costa Blanca since January 2012, in addition to four Spanish cases so far reported. Subsequently two of the English patients are reported to have died from their illness.
    Added/updated: 1 May 2012
  • Outbreak of Salmonella Newport  Release date: 2 February 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is investigating an outbreak of a strain of Salmonella Newport infection among 30 people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since the beginning of December 2011. Cases of illness caused by the same strain have been confirmed in Scotland, Ireland and Germany.
    Added/updated: 1 May 2012
  • Legionnaires’ cluster in returning travellers from Spain  Release date: 2 February 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware of eight cases of Legionnaires’ disease in English holiday makers associated with travel to Costa Blanca, Spain since January 2012, in addition to a Spanish case reported in December 2011.
    Added/updated: 1 May 2012
  • Health Protection Agency confirms new incinerator study  Release date: 24 January 2012
    A new study to further extend the evidence base as to whether emissions from modern well run Municipal Waste Incinerators affect human health has been approved by the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 26 January 2012
  • HPA helps solve radon problems in Orkney homes  Release date: 10 January 2012
    Hundreds of householders across Orkney are being advised to act to protect their health, after HPA tests detected high levels of radioactive gas radon.
    Added/updated: 16 January 2012
  • Cornish radon hotspot targeted  Release date: 10 January 2012
    Thousands of households in a part of Cornwall with historic radon problems are being offered a free test for levels of the radioactive gas radon.
    Added/updated: 10 January 2012
  • New Guidelines to Control Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Infections in UK Hospitals Launched  Release date: 10 January 2012
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) together with the group A streptococcal (GAS) Working Group* has today launched new guidelines for the investigation, control and prevention of GAS infection in acute healthcare settings, including maternity units, in the UK.
    Added/updated: 1 May 2012
  • Whooping cough cases increase  Release date: 5 January 2012
    Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in England and Wales have more than doubled from 421 cases in 2010 to 1040 in 2011. Increases in levels of whooping cough are seen every three to four years and figures in 2011 are in line with cases reported in the last peak year of 2008.
    Added/updated: 1 May 2012