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2009 Press Releases

  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 31 December 2009
    The consultation rate for flu-like illness in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme has decreased to 12.7 per 100,000 in week 52 compared to 24.7 in week 51. This is below the English baseline threshold of 30/100,000.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 24 December 2009
    The consultation rate for flu-like illness in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme has decreased to 24.7 per 100,000 in week 51 compared to 29.7 in week 50. This is below the English baseline threshold of 30/100,000.
    Added/updated: 19 May 2010
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 17 December 2009
    The consultation rate for flu-like illness in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme has decreased slightly to 29.7 per 100,000 in week 50 compared to 33.1 in week 49.
    Added/updated: 19 May 2010
  • Increase in hepatitis C diagnoses for 2008  Release date: 11 December 2009
    According to latest figures released by the Health Protection Agency, more than 8,000 people were diagnosed with hepatitis C last year in England.
    Added/updated: 11 December 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 10 December 2009
    • The consultation rate for flu-like illness in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme has decreased slightly to 33.1 per 100,000 in week 49 compared to 38.6 in week 48. This remains above the English baseline threshold of 30/100,000.
    Added/updated: 10 December 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 3 December 2009
    The consultation rate for flu-like illness in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme has decreased slightly to 38.6 per 100,000 in week 48 compared to 39.2 in week 47.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • MRSA and C. difficile continue to fall  Release date: 3 December 2009
    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 July 2007 to September 2009.
    Added/updated: 3 December 2009
  • TB figures continue to increase  Release date: 2 December 2009
    The number of people developing tuberculosis (TB) continues to increase despite earlier signs of stabilising, according to a report released today by the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 2 December 2009
  • E. coli O157 associated with travel to Benidorm in Spain  Release date: 27 November 2009
    The Health Protection Agency is investigating a number of cases of the gastrointestinal infection E. coli O157 associated with travellers returning from the resort of Benidorm in Spain.
    Added/updated: 27 November 2009
  • Revised guidelines for ready-to-eat foods  Release date: 27 November 2009
    Revised guidelines for assessing the microbiological safety of ready-to-eat foods placed on the market are being launched by the Health Protection Agency today.
    Added/updated: 27 November 2009
  • A third of HIV patients diagnosed late  Release date: 27 November 2009
    A third of adults diagnosed with HIV in the UK last year were diagnosed late, according to figures released today by the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 27 November 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 26 November 2009
    The consultation rate for flu-like illness in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme has increased slightly to 39.2 per 100,000 in week 47 compared to 35.9 in week 46. This remains above the English baseline threshold of 30/100,000.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • 10 years of meningitis C vaccine: outstanding health protection measure of the past decade  Release date: 23 November 2009
    The introduction of the Group C meningococcal vaccine to the childhood immunisation programme has proved to be one of the most effective health protection measures of recent years, saving hundreds of lives said Health Protection Agency (HPA) immunisation expert Dr Mary Ramsay.
    Added/updated: 25 May 2010
  • HPA statement on possible transmission  Release date: 20 November 2009
    The HPA is working with colleagues from the Public Health Service of Wales to investigate a number of possible cases of person to person transmission of oseltamivir resistant swine flu.
    Added/updated: 20 November 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 19 November 2009
    The consultation rate for flu-like illness in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme has decreased slightly to 35.9 per 100,000 in week 46 compared to 37.8 in week 45. This is still above the English baseline threshold of 30/100,000.
    Added/updated: 19 May 2010
  • European antibiotic awareness day  Release date: 18 November 2009
    Today (18th November 2009) marks the second annual European Antibiotic Awareness Day, established to highlight the problem of increasing antibiotic resistance and the need for prudent use of antibiotics.
    Added/updated: 18 November 2009
  • E. Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 17 November 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of confirmed cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey remains 93.
    Added/updated: 17 November 2009
  • Reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from household appliances over winter  Release date: 16 November 2009
    With the start of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, the Health Protection Agency is today reminding people to have their fossil fuel and wood burning appliances - such as boilers, heaters and cookers - checked by an appropriately registered engineer before the winter sets in.
    Added/updated: 16 November 2009
  • HPA advice on the use of Sunbeds  Release date: 13 November 2009
    Sunbeds should be off limits to the under 18s and should not be used for cosmetic tanning – say scientists at the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 13 November 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 12 November 2009
    The consultation rate for flu-like illness in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme decreased to 36.0 per 100,000 in week 45 compared to 37.7 in week 44.
    Added/updated: 19 May 2010
  • E. Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 10 November 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of confirmed cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey remains 93.
    Added/updated: 10 November 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 5 November 2009
    The consultation rate for flu-like illness in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme decreased to 37.7 per 100,000 in week 44 compared to 42.8 in week 43.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • E. Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 3 November 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey remains 94.
    Added/updated: 3 November 2009
  • E. Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 30 October 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 94.
    Added/updated: 30 October 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 29 October 2009
    The flu-like illness rate in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme increased to 42.8 per 100,000 in week 43 compared to 39.1 in week 42. An increase was seen in all age groups.
    Added/updated: 19 May 2010
  • E. Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 27 October 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey remains 93.
    Added/updated: 27 October 2009
  • Local authority permits partial reopening of Godstone Farm  Release date: 26 October 2009
    Tandridge District Council has today permitted the partial reopening of Godstone Farm in Surrey.
    Added/updated: 26 October 2009
  • E. Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 23 October 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey remains 93.
    Added/updated: 23 October 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 22 October 2009
    The flu-like illness rate in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme increased to 39.1 per 100,000 in week 42 compared to 29.1 in week 41. An increase was seen in all age groups.
    Added/updated: 19 May 2010
  • E. Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 20 October 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey remains 93.
    Added/updated: 20 October 2009
  • E. Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 16 October 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey remains 93.
    Added/updated: 16 October 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 15 October 2009
    The flu-like illness rate in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme increased to 29.1 per 100,000 in week 41. An increase was seen in most age groups except those over 65 years.
    Added/updated: 19 May 2010
  • E. Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 14 October 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 93.
    Added/updated: 14 October 2009
  • Health Protection Agency joins forces with UN and WHO to launch strategy for safer hospitals  Release date: 14 October 2009
    The Health Protection Agency is today hosting a major United Nations and World Health Organization event aimed at protecting hospitals from natural disasters.
    Added/updated: 13 October 2009
  • E. Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 12 October 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E. Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey remains 91.
    Added/updated: 12 October 2009
  • E. Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 9 October 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey remains 91.
    Added/updated: 9 October 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 8 October 2009
    The flu-like illness rate in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme increased to 26.3 per 100,000 in week 40. An increase was seen in most age groups.
    Added/updated: 19 May 2010
  • E. Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 7 October 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 91.
    Added/updated: 7 October 2009
  • E. Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 6 October 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 90.
    Added/updated: 6 October 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 5 October 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 89.
    Added/updated: 5 October 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 2 October 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E. Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 88.
    Added/updated: 2 October 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 1 October 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey remains at 87.
    Added/updated: 1 October 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 1 October 2009
    Rates of flu-like illness and related activity have shown further increases in England. The largest rises in England have been seen in the North West and Yorkshire and Humber.
    Added/updated: 19 May 2010
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 30 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 87.
    Added/updated: 30 September 2009
  • Terms of Reference for independent investigation into Godstone Farm E.coli O157 outbreak agreed  Release date: 30 September 2009
    At its public meeting today the Health Protection Agency’s Board agreed the terms of reference for the independent investigation into the outbreak of E.coli O157 at Godstone Farm to be led by George Griffin, Professor of Infectious Diseases and Medicine at St. George's, University of London and Chair of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens.
    Added/updated: 30 September 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 29 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 86.
    Added/updated: 30 September 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 28 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 86.
    Added/updated: 28 September 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 26 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 83.
    Added/updated: 28 September 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 25 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 82.
    Added/updated: 25 September 2009
  • Big Sheep and Little Cow Farm, North Yorkshire, partially closed as precautionary measure  Release date: 25 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency has advised Hambleton District Council that Big Sheep and Little Cow farm in Bedale, North Yorkshire, should partially close as a precautionary measure.
    Added/updated: 25 September 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 24 September 2009
    The rates of flu-like illness and related activity have shown further increases in England.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 24 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 79.
    Added/updated: 24 September 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 23 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 76.
    Added/updated: 23 September 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 22 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 74.
    Added/updated: 23 September 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 21 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 67.
    Added/updated: 23 September 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 20 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 64.
    Added/updated: 23 September 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 19 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 57.
    Added/updated: 23 September 2009
  • World of Country Life farm, Exmouth, closed as precautionary measure  Release date: 18 September 2009
    East Devon District Council and the Health Protection Agency this afternoon advised the precautionary closure of the World of Country Life farm, Exmouth, acting on information that potentially linked the farm with three individuals with confirmed E. coli O157 infection.
    Added/updated: 23 September 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 18 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 49.
    Added/updated: 23 September 2009
  • White Post Farm, Nottinghamshire closed as precautionary measure  Release date: 18 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency this morning advised the closure of White Post Farm in Nottinghamshire, following confirmation yesterday that a second individual who visited this farm had the same strain of E. coli O157 as another visitor.
    Added/updated: 18 September 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 17 September 2009
    Added/updated: 27 May 2010
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 17 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 45.
    Added/updated: 23 September 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 16 September 2009
    Temporary Closure of Horton Park Children's Farm
    Added/updated: 23 September 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 16 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 40.
    Added/updated: 23 September 2009
  • Pioneering technology will detect DNA damage to radiation incident victims  Release date: 16 September 2009
    TOOLS are being developed for rapid detection of cell damage in victims of radiation and nuclear incidents.
    Added/updated: 16 September 2009
  • Health Protection Agency commissions independent investigation into E. coli outbreak and apologises for delays  Release date: 16 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency’s Chief Executive Justin McCracken yesterday phoned parents of those children most seriously affected by the E. coli outbreak at Godstone Farm in Surrey to apologise for delays within HPA and to announce an independent investigation.
    Added/updated: 23 September 2009
  • E Coli O157 in Surrey: Update  Release date: 15 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports that the total number of cases of E Coli O157 linked to Godstone Farm in Surrey is 37.
    Added/updated: 23 September 2009
  • Social networking sites could detect flu outbreaks faster  Release date: 15 September 2009
    Twitter and other social networking sites could be used to track flu epidemics and disease ‘hot spots’, providing public health experts vital ‘early warning’ information to combat illness, audiences at the Health Protection Agency (HPA) annual conference at Warwick University will be told today.
    Added/updated: 15 September 2009
  • Scientists probe laptops’ Wi-Fi emissions  Release date: 15 September 2009
    MEASUREMENTS on radio signals generated by laptop computers using Wi-Fi, have found they are low power and exposures are well within safety guidelines.
    Added/updated: 15 September 2009
  • Rising temperatures but fewer deaths – climate change’s effect on the West Midlands  Release date: 15 September 2009
    CLIMATE change in the West Midlands will likely lead to a drop in the region’s death rate, according to a new study.
    Added/updated: 15 September 2009
  • Still no basis for health effects from low level radiowaves, say biologists  Release date: 14 September 2009
    Scientists probing concerns about health risks posed by mobile phones and their base stations, have discounted a theory suggesting low power radiowaves interact with living cells.
    Added/updated: 14 September 2009
  • Mercury vapour from energy saving lightbulbs no threat to public health, say scientists  Release date: 14 September 2009
    Mercury vapours from a broken energy saving lightbulb do not pose a significant threat to public health, according to air pollution experts.
    Added/updated: 14 September 2009
  • Investigation of cases of E.Coli O157 at Surrey Farm  Release date: 12 September 2009
    Godstone Farm in Surrey has closed to visitors today while the Health Protection Agency leads the investigation into an outbreak of E Coli O157 among people who have visited there.
    Added/updated: 23 September 2009
  • Public health manual scoops book prize  Release date: 11 September 2009
    AN INDISPENSABLE guide to toxicology, prepared by Health Protection Agency and King's College London staff, has won a top book award.
    Added/updated: 11 September 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 10 September 2009
    This week there has been a further reduction in the rates of flu-like illness and related activity.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Report On Fat Duck Restaurant Published  Release date: 10 September 2009
    Report of an investigation of a foodborne outbreak of norovirus among diners.
    Added/updated: 10 September 2009
  • MRSA and C. Difficile continue to fall  Release date: 10 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has today published its latest quarterly figures on MRSA (meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bloodstream infections and C. difficile (Clostridium difficile) infections for the April to June 2009 period.
    Added/updated: 1 June 2010
  • Experts report rise in enquiries related to child poisonings  Release date: 10 September 2009
    The Health Protection Agency commissioned National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) has reported an 11% rise in the number of telephone enquiries from health professionals relating to incidents involving children aged under 10 years.
    Added/updated: 10 September 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 3 September 2009
    This week there has been a further reduction in the rates of flu-like illness and related activity.
    Added/updated: 4 September 2009
  • New online learning tool launched to help kids protect themselves from infections  Release date: 3 September 2009
    School children across England and Europe can now learn about protecting themselves from swine flu and other infections, following today’s launch of an education programme and interactive website by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
    Added/updated: 3 September 2009
  • Air pollution experts say modern incinerators are no significant threat to public health  Release date: 3 September 2009
    INCINERATORS that are well run and regulated do not pose a significant threat to public health, according to air pollution experts.
    Added/updated: 2 March 2010
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 27 August 2009
    This week there has been a further reduction in the rates of flu-like illness and related activity.
    Added/updated: 19 May 2010
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 20 August 2009
    This week there has been a further reduction in the rates of flu-like illness and related activity.
    Added/updated: 21 August 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update  Release date: 13 August 2009
    This week there has been a further reduction in the rates of flu-like illness and related activity. Weekly GP consultation rates decreased over the last week in England. The majority of cases continue to be mild. There is no sign that the virus is changing. It is not becoming more severe or developing resistance to anti-virals.
    Added/updated: 18 May 2010
  • Health Protection Agency publishes its annual report & accounts for 2009  Release date: 7 August 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has today published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2009.
    Added/updated: 7 August 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu media update (6 August 2009)  Release date: 6 August 2009
    There is a clear indication that the number of cases in England has decreased significantly in the last week.Weekly GP consultation rates decreased over the last week in England, coinciding with the first full week of operation of the National Pandemic Flu Service. The majority of cases continue to be mild. There is no sign that the virus is changing. It is not becoming more severe or developing resistance to anti-virals.
    Added/updated: 26 May 2010
  • Weekly pandemic flu update  Release date: 30 July 2009
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Low levels of contamination found in ready-to-eat speciality meats sold in UK  Release date: 30 July 2009
    A new report published today highlights that 99% of ready-to-eat speciality meats sold in the UK are safe to eat. However the study also reveals that a very small proportion of the meats contained Salmonella or unsafe levels of Listeria monocytogenes.
    Added/updated: 30 July 2009
  • HPA advice on the use of Sunbeds  Release date: 29 July 2009
    SUNBEDS should be off limits to the under 18s and never be used for cosmetic tanning – say scientists at the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 29 July 2009
  • Gonorrhoea down 11%  Release date: 24 July 2009
    The Health Protection Agency has reported an 11% decrease in the total number of new gonorrhoea infections diagnosed in the UK last year from 18,649 infections in 2007 to 16,629 in 2008 – the lowest number of new infections recorded since 1999.
    Added/updated: 2 June 2010
  • Weekly pandemic flu update  Release date: 23 July 2009
    GP consultation rates have risen sharply over the last week in England. The under-5s and 5-14 year olds are the age groups predominantly affected, with the over 65s continuing to show much lower rates. The majority of cases continue to be mild. The provisional number of deaths related to swine flu is 26. HPA estimates that there were 100,000 new cases of swine flu in England last week (range 60,000 - 140,000).
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Health Protection 2009 conference – programme announced  Release date: 20 July 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced an innovative and wide-ranging programme for the Health Protection 2009 conference, which is taking place at Warwick University from 14th to 16th September.
    Added/updated: 20 July 2009
  • Weekly pandemic flu update  Release date: 16 July 2009
    GP consultation rates in England for individuals presenting with flu-like illness show increased rates, above the threshold level for normal seasonal flu activity and higher than the peak activity in winter 08/09. The under-5s and 5-14 year olds are the age groups predominantly affected. The majority of cases continue to be mild with 26 deaths in England to date. HPA estimates that there were 55,000 new cases of swine flu last week (range 30,000 - 85,000).
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Weekly pandemic flu update (9 July 2009)  Release date: 9 July 2009
    Added/updated: 10 July 2009
  • Changes to HPA pandemic flu media updates  Release date: 2 July 2009
    Government’s announcement yesterday (July 02 2009) that the UK is moving to a new phase in the response to the current pandemic flu virus means there will be a change to the surveillance information that the Health Protection Agency will be able to provide to the media in future.
    Added/updated: 3 July 2009
  • Treatment approach announced for pandemic flu  Release date: 2 July 2009
    The Government has today announced that the UK is moving to a treatment phase to manage the current pandemic flu outbreak.
    Added/updated: 2 July 2009
  • Update of radiation exposure guidance for the UK  Release date: 2 July 2009
    Scientists at the Health Protection Agency have published their advice to UK bodies following new international guidance on ionising radiation*.
    Added/updated: 2 July 2009
  • Update on swine flu cases  Release date: 2 July 2009
    458 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on swine flu cases  Release date: 1 July 2009
    342 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Salmonella and E. coli bacteria found in packets of shelled nuts  Release date: 1 July 2009
    A recent study carried out by the Health Protection Agency and LACORS (Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services) has revealed the presence of Salmonella and E. coli bacteria in a small number of samples of ready-to-eat shelled nuts.
    Added/updated: 1 July 2009
  • Update on swine flu cases  Release date: 30 June 2009
    394 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Swine Flu Sample Resistant to Antiviral Oseltamivir  Release date: 30 June 2009
    The National Influenza Centre of Denmark at Statens Serum Institut has reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the identification of an isolate of swine flu (H1N1v) resistant to the antiviral oseltamivir.
    Added/updated: 30 June 2009
  • Update on swine flu cases  Release date: 29 June 2009
    1,604 further patients under investigation in England have been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu since the Agency's update on Friday June 26 2009.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on swine flu cases  Release date: 26 June 2009
    535 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on swine flu cases  Release date: 25 June 2009
    288 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on swine flu cases  Release date: 24 June 2009
    306 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on swine flu cases  Release date: 23 June 2009
    109 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 22 June 2009
    204 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu. Together with the 60 laboratory confirmed cases in Scotland reported yesterday (June 21 2009) by the Scottish Government, this brings the total number of laboratory confirmed UK cases identified since April 2009 to 2,773.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 21 June 2009
    245 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu. Together with the 17 laboratory confirmed cases in Scotland reported yesterday (June 20 2009) by the Scottish Government this brings the total number of laboratory confirmed UK cases identified since April 2009 to 2,506.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 20 June 2009
    247 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu. Together with the 12 laboratory confirmed cases in Scotland reported yesterday (June 19 2009) by the Scottish Government and one laboratory confirmed case in Northern Ireland reported yesterday by the Northern Ireland Executive this brings the total number of laboratory confirmed UK cases identified since April 2009 to 2,244.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 19 June 2009
    224 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu. Together with the 7 laboratory confirmed cases in Scotland reported yesterday (June 18 2009) by the Scottish Government and one laboratory confirmed case in Northern Ireland reported yesterday by the Northern Ireland Executive this brings the total number of laboratory confirmed UK cases identified since April 2009 to 1,984.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 18 June 2009
    145 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu. Together with the 22 laboratory confirmed cases in Scotland reported yesterday (June 17 2009) by the Scottish Government and three laboratory confirmed cases in Northern Ireland reported yesterday by the Northern Ireland Executive this brings the total number of laboratory confirmed UK cases identified since April 2009 to 1,752.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Latest healthcare associated infection figures published by Health Protection Agency  Release date: 18 June 2009
    The Health Protection Agency has today published its latest quarterly figures on MRSA (meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bloodstream infections and C. difficile (Clostridium difficile) infections.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Study highlights poor egg hygiene in UK restaurants and takeaways  Release date: 18 June 2009
    Poor egg handling practices in restaurants and takeaways could be putting UK consumers at risk, reveals a new report from the Health Protection Agency and LACORS (Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services).
    Added/updated: 18 June 2009
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 17 June 2009
    110 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu.
    Added/updated: 17 June 2009
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 16 June 2009
    141 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu bringing the total number of laboratory confirmed UK cases identified since April 2009 to 1,461.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 15 June 2009
    59 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. 59 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the 35 cases in Scotland announced yesterday (June 14 2009) by the Scottish Government this brings the total number of confirmed UK cases identified since April 2009 to 1,320.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases: 14 June  Release date: 14 June 2009
    61 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the 43 cases in Scotland announced yesterday (June 13 2009) by the Scottish Government this brings the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 1226.
    Added/updated: 25 May 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases: 13 June  Release date: 13 June 2009
    117 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the 83 cases in Scotland announced yesterday (June 12 2009) by the Scottish Government this brings the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 1121.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • World Health Organization (WHO) raises pandemic alert phase  Release date: 12 June 2009
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised its influenza pandemic alert level to Phase 6.
    Added/updated: 12 June 2009
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases: 12 June  Release date: 12 June 2009
    72 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the 26 cases in Scotland announced yesterday (June 11 2009) by the Scottish Government and one announced earlier today by the Welsh Assembly this brings the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 921.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 11 June 2009
    25 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the 47 cases in Scotland announced yesterday (June 10 2009) by the Scottish Government and this brings the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 822.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 10 June 2009
    42 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the 32 cases in Scotland announced yesterday (June 9 2009) by the Scottish Government and one in Northern Ireland announced earlier today (June 10 2009) by the Northern Ireland Executive this brings the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 750.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 9 June 2009
    9 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the 43 cases in Scotland announced yesterday (June 8 2009) by the Scottish Government this brings the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 675.
    Added/updated: 2 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 8 June 2009
    29 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the 35 cases in Scotland announced yesterday (June 7 2009) by the Scottish Government this brings the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 621.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 7 June 2009
    15 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the 13 cases in Scotland announced yesterday by the Scottish Government and one case in Northern Ireland announced yesterday (Saturday 06 June 2009) by the Northern Ireland Government this brings the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 557.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 6 June 2009
    19 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the 22 cases in Scotland announced yesterday by the Scottish Government and one case in Northern Ireland announced yesterday (Friday 05 June 2009) by the Northern Ireland Government this brings the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 528.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 5 June 2009
    27 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the 31 cases in Scotland announced yesterday (Thursday June 04 2009) by the Scottish Government this brings the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 486.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases: 4 June  Release date: 4 June 2009
    23 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with one case in Wales announced earlier today by the Welsh Assembly and 23 cases in Scotland announced yesterday (Wednesday June 03 2009) by the Scottish Executive this brings the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 428.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 3 June 2009
    18 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the 23 cases in Scotland announced yesterday (Tuesday June 02 2009) by the Scottish Executive and one in Northern Ireland announced by the Northern Ireland Executive this brings the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 381.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 2 June 2009
    61 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the 23 cases in Scotland announced yesterday (Monday June 01 2009) by the Scottish Executive this brings the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 339.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Health effects of radon exposure  Release date: 2 June 2009
    An expert advisory group of the Health Protection Agency has today recommended that the Agency should consider tightening its recommended safety levels for radon gas in homes and workplaces.
    Added/updated: 2 June 2009
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 1 June 2009
    Added/updated: 2 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 31 May 2009
    14 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with one case in Wales announced by the Welsh Assembly today (May 31 2009) the current total number of confirmed UK cases is now 244.
    Added/updated: 2 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 30 May 2009
    11 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the two cases in Scotland announced by the Scottish Government yesterday (May 29 2009) and one further case in Scotland the current total number of confirmed UK cases is now 229.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 29 May 2009
    12 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 215.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Reports of Swine Influenza in mexico and US – an update  Release date: 29 May 2009
    Added/updated: 29 May 2009
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 28 May 2009
    17 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the patient in Scotland confirmed by the Scottish Executive yesterday (27 May 2009) this brings the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 203.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Health Protection Agency produces swine flu vaccine candidate  Release date: 28 May 2009
    A crucial step towards large scale production of a vaccine against swine flu has been completed in the UK by the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), part of the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 28 May 2009
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases - 27 May  Release date: 27 May 2009
    One further patient under investigation in England has today been confirmed with swine flu bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 185.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases - 26 May  Release date: 26 May 2009
    Four further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 137.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 25 May 2009
    Four further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 137.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 24 May 2009
    11 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 133.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 23 May 2009
    Two further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. This brings, together with the three cases announced yesterday by the Scottish Executive the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 122.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 22 May 2009
    Five further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 117
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Latest research into prevalence of vCJD consistent with findings of existing studies  Release date: 22 May 2009
    Latest estimates of the number of people asymptomatic for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in the population remain very low, according to results from a large scale study of tonsil tissue by the Health Protection Agency, published in today's BMJ (Friday 22nd May 2009).
    Added/updated: 21 May 2009
  • Swine flu: travel advice for the half term break  Release date: 21 May 2009
    The Health Protection Agency is reminding all travellers going abroad over the half term school break to take the necessary travel health precautions against swine flu.
    Added/updated: 21 May 2009
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 21 May 2009
    Three further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 112.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 20 May 2009
    Two further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 109.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Planning a trip outdoors when the weather warms up?  Release date: 20 May 2009
    Health Protection Agency publishes 2008 figures on Lyme disease
    Added/updated: 20 May 2009
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 19 May 2009
    Four further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the one case in Scotland announced by the Scottish Government yesterday (May 18 2009) the current total number of confirmed UK cases is now 107.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 18 May 2009
    One further patient under investigation in Scotland and announced by the Scottish Executive has today been confirmed with swine flu bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 102.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 17 May 2009
    14 further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 101.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 16 May 2009
    Two further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu. Together with the three cases in Scotland announced by the Scottish Government yesterday (May 15 2009) the current total number of confirmed UK cases is now 87.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 15 May 2009
    Four further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 82.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 14 May 2009
    Six further patients under investigation in England (and a patient in Northern Ireland – announced earlier by the Northern Ireland Executive) have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 78.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 13 May 2009
    Three further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 71.
    Added/updated: 13 May 2009
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 12 May 2009
    Three further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 68.
    Added/updated: 2 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 11 May 2009
    Ten further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 65.
    Added/updated: 2 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases: 10 May 2009  Release date: 10 May 2009
    Seven further patients under investigation in England and one in Scotland (announced there yesterday) have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 55.
    Added/updated: 2 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases: 09 May 2009  Release date: 9 May 2009
    Eight further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 47.
    Added/updated: 2 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases: 08 May 2009  Release date: 8 May 2009
    Five further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 39.
    Added/updated: 2 June 2010
  • Health Protection Agency leads work on gaining greater understanding of Swine flu virus  Release date: 8 May 2009
    Scientists at the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have produced the first genetic fingerprint of the swine flu virus infecting humans across Europe.
    Added/updated: 8 May 2009
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases: 07 May 2009  Release date: 7 May 2009
    Two further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 34.
    Added/updated: 2 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases: 06 May 2009  Release date: 6 May 2009
    Four further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 32.
    Added/updated: 2 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases: 05 May 2009  Release date: 5 May 2009
    One further patient under investigation in England has today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 28.
    Added/updated: 2 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases: 04 May 2009  Release date: 4 May 2009
    Nine further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 27
    Added/updated: 2 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases  Release date: 3 May 2009
    Two further patients under investigation in England and one patient in Scotland have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 18.
    Added/updated: 16 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases in England  Release date: 2 May 2009
    The first case of onward transmission from human to human has been confirmed in England tonight (01 May 2009).
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • First case of onward human to human swine flu transmission in England confirmed  Release date: 1 May 2009
    The first case of onward transmission from human to human has been confirmed in England tonight (01 May 2009).
    Added/updated: 1 May 2009
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases in England  Release date: 1 May 2009
    One further patient under investigation in England has today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to nine.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Update on confirmed swine flu cases in England  Release date: 30 April 2009
    Three further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to eight.
    Added/updated: 3 June 2010
  • Information for the media on face masks - updated  Release date: 29 April 2009
    Face masks of the type worn by surgeons (surgical face masks) are normally used in healthcare settings to reduce the risk of healthcare professionals passing viruses or bacteria to patients undergoing certain procedures eg an operation.
    Added/updated: 7 May 2009
  • Swine flu precautionary measures taken at college in Paignton, Devon  Release date: 29 April 2009
    The Health Protection Agency is working with Torbay Care Trust and local authorities following the earlier confirmation of a case of swine flu in a pupil at a college in Paignton.
    Added/updated: 29 April 2009
  • Swine flu cases confirmed in England  Release date: 29 April 2009
    Three patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to five.
    Added/updated: 30 April 2009
  • Travel advice to Mexico updated  Release date: 28 April 2009
    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is now advising against all but essential travel to Mexico.
    Added/updated: 28 April 2009
  • WHO raises pandemic alert level to Phase 4  Release date: 27 April 2009
    On Monday April 27 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) raised its pandemic alert level to Phase 4.
    Added/updated: 28 April 2009
  • Suspected Cases in Scotland Test Positive for Swine Influenza  Release date: 27 April 2009
    The two suspected swine influenza cases under investigation in Scotland have today been confirmed as positive for swine influenza – similar to the strain seen in US and Mexico.
    Added/updated: 28 April 2009
  • Swine influenza - Health Protection Agency update  Release date: 27 April 2009
    The first confirmed cases of swine influenza have been seen in Europe – one case in Spain and two in Scotland.
    Added/updated: 27 April 2009
  • Reports of swine influenza in Mexico and US - an update  Release date: 25 April 2009
    Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in California and Texas in the Unites States and in four districts in Mexico.
    Added/updated: 28 April 2009
  • Reports of swine influenza in Mexico and US  Release date: 24 April 2009
    The Health Protection Agency is aware of reports of swine influenza in Mexico and the US and is examining the current situation alongside the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Centre for Disease Control and prevention (ECDC) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    Added/updated: 24 April 2009
  • Reports of swine influenza in Mexico and US  Release date: 24 April 2009
    Added/updated: 24 April 2009
  • Swine fever cases in the US  Release date: 24 April 2009
    The Health Protection Agency is aware of seven human cases of swine influenza A(H1N1) in California and Texas in the United States.
    Added/updated: 24 April 2009
  • Travellers to Nigeria and Ghana bear burden of malaria  Release date: 22 April 2009
    Added/updated: 24 April 2009
  • Travellers to Nigeria and Ghana continue to bear burden of malaria  Release date: 22 April 2009
    New figures from the Health Protection Agency show that UK travellers visiting friends and family abroad, particularly in Nigeria and Ghana, continue to be the group of people most likely to acquire malaria.
    Added/updated: 22 April 2009
  • C. diff cases continue to fall  Release date: 16 April 2009
    Added/updated: 16 April 2009
  • Clostridium difficile infections continue to fall  Release date: 16 April 2009
    Latest reported C. difficile figures show that between October to December 2008 there were 6,257 cases recorded in patients aged 65 years and over.
    Added/updated: 16 April 2009
  • Early 2009 sees continued rise in mumps  Release date: 9 April 2009
    Nine hundred and ninety-eight laboratory confirmed cases of mumps in England and Wales have been reported to the Agency with onset in January or February 2009.
    Added/updated: 9 April 2009
  • Care homes conference confronts the infection control challenge  Release date: 9 April 2009
    The Health Protection Agency is holding a one day conference in London on 21 May, in partnership with the Infection Prevention Society, to make care homes more aware of infection control and how they can protect their residents.
    Added/updated: 9 April 2009
  • National Institute for Biological Standards and Control joins Health Protection Agency  Release date: 1 April 2009
    The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) merges with the Health Protection Agency today.
    Added/updated: 1 April 2009
  • Restructured food, water and environmental laboratories will boost the Health Protection Agency’s ability to tackle emerging threats  Release date: 1 April 2009
    The Health Protection Agency’s newly restructured network of regional food, water and environmental laboratories will go live today on 1 April 2009.
    Added/updated: 1 April 2009
  • Medical radiation examinations on women of child bearing age  Release date: 31 March 2009
    Pregnant women should not undergo some types of medical examination that involve high doses of radiation to the foetus because of the small increased risk of causing childhood cancer, according to guidance developed by the Health Protection Agency, The Royal College of Radiologists and the College of Radiographers.
    Added/updated: 31 March 2009
  • New HIV diagnoses show burden continuing in gay men  Release date: 27 March 2009
    Annual figures for new HIV diagnoses in UK released for 2008
    Added/updated: 30 March 2009
  • Cases of Tuberculosis remain high  Release date: 24 March 2009
    Cases of Tuberculosis (TB) in the United Kingdom have increased by 2% from 8,496 cases reported in 2007 to 8,679 in 2008 according to new provisional figures released today by the Health Protection Agency to mark World TB Day.
    Added/updated: 25 February 2010
  • A Children’s Environment and Health Strategy for the United Kingdom  Release date: 24 March 2009
    The Health Protection Agency today publishes a Strategy to improve the health and well-being of children in the United Kingdom by changing the environment in which they live.
    Added/updated: 25 March 2009
  • Investigation at Fat Duck Restaurant - update  Release date: 20 March 2009
    The Health Protection Agency is aware of reports in the media about norovirus being linked to the outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting illness associated with the Fat Duck restaurant in Bray, Berkshire.
    Added/updated: 24 March 2009
  • The Health Effects of High Radiation Doses  Release date: 19 March 2009
    A report* reviewing the effects of high doses of radiation on human health has been published by an independent expert Advisory Group to the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 19 March 2009
  • MRSA Bloodstream infections continue to fall  Release date: 19 March 2009
    Quarterly figures for October to December 2008 published by Health Protection Agency
    Added/updated: 19 March 2009
  • Investigation at Fat Duck Restaurant - update  Release date: 11 March 2009
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has advised managers of the Fat Duck Restaurant in Berkshire that they can re-open tomorrow (Thursday March 12th).
    Added/updated: 11 March 2009
  • Investigation at Fat Duck Restaurant - statement  Release date: 6 March 2009
    The Health Protection Agency is leading the investigation into an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting associated with the Fat Duck restaurant in Berkshire.
    Added/updated: 6 March 2009
  • Bacteria found in salads and sauces served at kebab takeaway restaurants  Release date: 5 March 2009
    A new report published today reveals that 5% of salads and sauces served in kebab takeaway restaurants contain "unsatisfactory" (4.7%) and "unacceptable" (0.4%) levels of bacteria.
    Added/updated: 5 March 2009
  • New Chairman Appointed to Health Protection Agency Board  Release date: 4 March 2009
    The Health Protection Agency has welcomed the appointment of Dr David Heymann as the new Chairman of its Board, announced today by the Department of Health, succeeding Sir William Stewart, who stands down in April 2009.
    Added/updated: 4 March 2009
  • Avian Influenza in poultry on premises in East of England  Release date: 27 February 2009
    The Health Protection Agency continues to work closely with local and national veterinary colleagues following the announcement yesterday by the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that avian influenza had been found in poultry on two premises in the East of England.
    Added/updated: 27 February 2009
  • Avian Influenza in poultry on premises in East of England  Release date: 26 February 2009
    The Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has today confirmed avian influenza in poultry on two premises in the East of England.
    Added/updated: 26 February 2009
  • Salmonella and E. coli bacteria found in “ready-to-eat” seeds  Release date: 25 February 2009
    A recent study carried out by the Health Protection Agency and LACORS (Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services) has revealed the presence of Salmonella and E. coli bacteria in a small number of ready-to-eat dried seed samples.
    Added/updated: 25 February 2009
  • New Appointments to Health Protection Agency Board  Release date: 24 February 2009
    Sir William Stewart, Chairman of the Health Protection Agency announced today the appointment of four new non-executive Board members who will take up their posts on 1 April.
    Added/updated: 24 February 2009
  • Patient dies from Lassa Fever at a London Hospital  Release date: 18 February 2009
    The Health Protection Agency can confirm that a patient has sadly died from Lassa fever at University College Hospital in London.
    Added/updated: 18 February 2009
  • Advice on the land disposal of solid radioactive waste  Release date: 18 February 2009
    The Health Protection Agency today announces its advice on protecting the public from the disposal of solid radioactive waste.
    Added/updated: 18 February 2009
  • vCJD abnormal prion protein found in a patient with haemophilia at post mortem  Release date: 17 February 2009
    Evidence of infection with the agent (abnormal prion protein) that causes variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) has been found at post mortem in the spleen of a person with haemophilia.
    Added/updated: 17 February 2009
  • Flooding and risks to health  Release date: 10 February 2009
    In the event of major floods, the HPA works with local agencies to provide expert advice on protecting the health of the local community, particularly from microbiological and chemical hazards.
    Added/updated: 10 February 2009
  • Agency publishes annual measles figures for 2008  Release date: 6 February 2009
    There were 1,348* confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales last year according to latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (January to December 2008).
    Added/updated: 6 February 2009
  • Increase in Meningococcal type B infections in England  Release date: 23 January 2009
    Added/updated: 26 January 2009
  • Case of Lassa Fever in Specialist Unit in London  Release date: 23 January 2009
    The Health Protection Agency can confirm that a patient is being treated for Lassa fever at the high security infectious diseases unit at the Royal Free Hospital. This is an isolated case in a traveller who returned to the UK, from Nigeria, on the 6th January. There is no risk to the general public as a result of this case.
    Added/updated: 26 January 2009
  • Clostridium difficile infections continue to fall  Release date: 15 January 2009
    Latest reported C. difficile figures show that between July to September 2008 there were 7,061 cases recorded in patients aged 65 years and over. This represents a fall of 19% in this age group from the previous quarter, April to June 2008, when the total was 8,696.
    Added/updated: 15 January 2009
  • Wildlife centre traces volunteers following death from rabies  Release date: 13 January 2009
    The Health Protection Agency is working with colleagues in South Africa and Northern Ireland to trace volunteers who have worked at the Riverside Wildlife Rehabilitation and Environmental Education Centre in Limpopo, South Africa. This follows the recent death from rabies of a young woman in Northern Ireland who had worked at the centre in December 2006.
    Added/updated: 13 January 2009
  • Continued increase in measles cases  Release date: 9 January 2009
    1, 217 cases of confirmed measles have been reported to the Health Protection Agency up to the end of November 2008.
    Added/updated: 9 January 2009
  • Mortality and Cancer Risks for Radiation Workers  Release date: 7 January 2009
    The risk of developing cancer among radiation workers increases with the dose of ionising radiation they are exposed to, according to a study by the Health Protection Agency published today in the British Journal of Cancer
    Added/updated: 17 April 2009