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2013 Press Releases

  • Latest news from Public Health England available on GOV.UK website  Release date: 2 April 2013
    Information about the location of news stories and resources from Public Health England (PHE).
    Added/updated: 23 April 2013
  • HPA signs unique polio vaccine license deal  Release date: 28 March 2013
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has recently agreed a non-exclusive Material Transfer, Patent and Know-How License Agreement with the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for the development and manufacture of a ‘next generation’ polio vaccine which could be a major step in the eradication of polio.
    Added/updated: 28 March 2013
  • Investigation into an outbreak of Cryptosporidium infection in spring 2012  Release date: 19 March 2013
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) can confirm that findings of an investigation into an outbreak of Cryptosporidium infection that affected around 300 people in England and Scotland in May 2012 showed strong evidence of an association with eating pre-cut bagged salad products which are likely to have been labelled as ‘ready-to-eat’. The outbreak was short lived and the numbers of cases returned to expected seasonal levels within a month of the first cases being reported. Most of those affected had a mild to moderate form of illness and there were no deaths associated with the outbreak.
    Added/updated: 19 March 2013
  • Study recommends changes to pneumonia prevention strategies  Release date: 15 March 2013
    A Health Protection Agency (HPA) report published today has found since 2000 the number of cases of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) has increased in England by an average of seven per cent each year. The findings of the paper suggest that further work is needed to re-assess the prevention strategies currently in place for dealing with this infection.
    Added/updated: 15 March 2013
  • New report on human sensitivity to radiation  Release date: 14 March 2013
    Evidence suggests that the risk of developing cancer or tissue damage after exposure to ionising radiation varies among people because of genetic and lifestyle factors, according the Health Protection Agency’s independent Advisory Group on Ionising Radiation (AGIR).
    Added/updated: 14 March 2013
  • HPA study shows poor hygiene practices at mobile vendors  Release date: 13 March 2013
    Research from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed that food, water, chopping boards, cleaning cloths and security wristbands sampled from mobile and outdoor food vendors were contaminated with a range of bacteria including E.coli. This bacteria, which originates from human or animal faeces indicates either poor hygiene, undercooking or cross-contamination in the kitchen.
    Added/updated: 13 March 2013
  • HPA welcomes move to put antibiotic resistance on the national risk register  Release date: 11 March 2013
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) welcomes the move by England’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Professor Dame Sally Davies to add antibiotic resistance to the national risk register.
    Added/updated: 11 March 2013
  • Suffolk patient with anthrax takes total in England to five cases  Release date: 8 March 2013
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is aware that a person who injected heroin has been diagnosed with anthrax infection in Suffolk and has died.
    Added/updated: 8 March 2013
  • HPA issues guidance for pet rodent owners following recent cases of hantavirus  Release date: 1 March 2013
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has issued new guidance for owners of pet rodents following two recent UK cases of hantavirus which are described in a paper published in this week’s Eurosurveillance.
    Added/updated: 1 March 2013
  • Cases of whooping cough continue to decrease: 1 March 2013  Release date: 1 March 2013
    Figures published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) today show that confirmed cases of whooping cough in England and Wales have continued to decrease with 668 cases reported in January 2013, compared to 835 cases in December 2012.
    Added/updated: 1 March 2013
  • New action plan launched to combat emerging threat of untreatable gonorrhoea in England and Wales  Release date: 27 February 2013
    The first Gonorrhoea Resistance Action Plan for England and Wales is published today, recommending a heightened national response to combat this serious threat. The Action Plan was developed by the Gonococcal Resistance to Antimicrobials Surveillance Programme (GRASP), established by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to monitor the growing global problem of emerging resistance over the last decade in the absence of new therapeutic options.
    Added/updated: 26 February 2013
  • Pandemic flu vaccination linked to narcolepsy in UK children  Release date: 27 February 2013
    Health Protection Agency (HPA) scientists have found evidence of an association between Pandemrix flu vaccination and narcolepsy in children in England, according to the findings of a study published in the British Medical Journal. These findings are consistent with previous studies from Finland and Sweden which identified a similar association.
    Added/updated: 26 February 2013
  • Update on family cluster of novel coronavirus infection in the UK  Release date: 19 February 2013
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) continues its investigations into a family cluster of novel coronavirus infections in the UK. Three members of the same family have all tested positive for novel coronavirus. Two of these had no history of recent travel suggesting that transmission has occurred in the UK.
    Added/updated: 19 February 2013
  • New research explores driving forces behind HIV epidemic in men who have sex with men in the UK  Release date: 18 February 2013
    New HIV infections rose in men who have sex with men (MSM) between 1990 and 2010 in the UK, driven by a 26 per cent increase in the proportion having condomless sex, according to new research by the Health Protection Agency and UCL.
    Added/updated: 18 February 2013
  • Third case of novel coronavirus infection identified in family cluster  Release date: 15 February 2013
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) can confirm a third case of novel coronavirus infection in a family cluster, following the confirmed diagnosis of two cases announced earlier this week. The patient, who is a UK resident and does not have any recent travel history, is recovering from a mild respiratory illness and is currently well. This latest case brings the total number of confirmed cases globally to 12, of which four have been diagnosed in the UK.
    Added/updated: 15 February 2013
  • Further UK case of novel coronavirus  Release date: 13 February 2013
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) can confirm a further case of novel coronavirus infection in a family member of the case announced on Monday 11 February. The patient, who is a UK resident, does not have any recent travel history and is currently receiving intensive care treatment at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. It is understood that this patient has an existing medical condition that may make them more susceptible to respiratory infections. This latest case brings the total number of confirmed cases globally to 11, of which three have been diagnosed in the UK.
    Added/updated: 13 February 2013
  • Case of novel coronavirus identified in the UK  Release date: 11 February 2013
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) can confirm the diagnosis of a further case of novel coronavirus infection in a UK resident, who had recently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan. The patient is receiving intensive care treatment in a Manchester hospital. This latest case brings the total number of confirmed cases globally to 10, of which two have been diagnosed in the UK.
    Added/updated: 11 February 2013
  • Measles at highest level for 18 years  Release date: 8 February 2013
    There were 2,016 confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in 2012, which is the highest annual total since 1994.
    Added/updated: 8 February 2013
  • Cases of whooping cough decline after record numbers in 2012  Release date: 1 February 2013
    There were 9,741* confirmed cases of whooping cough reported in England and Wales in 2012, according to figures published today by the Health Protection Agency (HPA). The total figure for 2012 is almost 10 times higher than the number of cases reported in 2011 (1,119) and in 2008 (902) – the last peak year before this current outbreak.
    Added/updated: 1 February 2013
  • Weekly update on seasonal infections: 31 January 2013  Release date: 31 January 2013
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) up to 31 January 2013 show that flu activity remains at a similar level compared to the previous week based on a number of indicators, including GP consultation rates in England and the proportion of calls to NHS direct.
    Added/updated: 31 January 2013
  • Weekly update on seasonal infections: 24 January 2013  Release date: 24 January 2013
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) up to 24 January 2013 show that flu activity has decreased compared to the previous week based on a number of indicators, including GP consultation rates in England and the proportion of calls to NHS direct.
    Added/updated: 24 January 2013
  • 2,147 children help the HPA to set a new Guinness World Record  Release date: 24 January 2013
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is very proud and pleased to announce that the e–Bug Team, which is part of the HPA, in collaboration with School Councils UK has been successful in setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous hand hygiene lesson at multiple venues.
    Added/updated: 23 January 2013
  • Flu activity update: 17 January 2013  Release date: 17 January 2013
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) up to 13 January 2013 show that flu activity has decreased compared to the previous week based on a number of indicators, including GP consultation rates in England and the proportion of calls to NHS direct.
    Added/updated: 17 January 2013
  • HPA update on seasonal norovirus activity: 15 January 2013  Release date: 15 January 2013
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show there have been 4,407 laboratory confirmed cases of norovirus this season (from week 27 to week 01 2013). The latest figures are 56 per cent higher than the number of cases reported at this point last year, when there were 2,828 cases.
    Added/updated: 15 January 2013
  • HPA-led consortium successful in new €6m EU tender bid  Release date: 14 January 2013
    The ‘Case studies, Exercises, LEarning, Surveys and Training across Europe (CELESTE)’ consortium led by the Health Protection Agency has been awarded the Multiple Framework Contract for ‘Scripting, planning, conduction and evaluation of exercises, training and assessment implementing the draft decision on cross-border threats to health’.
    Added/updated: 14 January 2013
  • Flu activity update: 10 January 2013  Release date: 10 January 2013
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) up to 6 January 2013 show that flu activity remain at similar levels to those reported in the previous week based on a number of indicators, including GP consultation rates in England and the proportion of calls to NHS direct.
    Added/updated: 10 January 2013
  • New strain of norovirus  Release date: 9 January 2013
    A scientific paper published in Eurosurveillance on January 3 described a new variant of norovirus (genotype G11 – 4) called Sydney 2012.
    Added/updated: 9 January 2013
  • HPA update on seasonal norovirus activity: 8 January 2013  Release date: 8 January 2013
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show there have been 4,140 laboratory confirmed cases of norovirus this season (from week 27 to week 52 2012). The latest figures are 63 per cent higher than the number of cases reported at this point last year, when there were 2,535 cases.
    Added/updated: 8 January 2013
  • Food poisoning investigation in Havering  Release date: 3 January 2013
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has been notified of an outbreak of food poisoning associated with an establishment in Havering. One person has sadly died after being admitted to hospital.
    Added/updated: 4 January 2013
  • Flu activity update: 3 January 2013  Release date: 3 January 2013
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) up to 30 December 2012 show that flu activity continues to increase based on a number of indicators, including GP consultation rates in England and the proportion of calls to NHS Direct.
    Added/updated: 3 January 2013
  • HPA update on seasonal norovirus activity: 2 January 2013  Release date: 2 January 2013
    Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show there have been 3,877 laboratory confirmed cases of norovirus this season (from week 27 to week 51 2012). The latest figures are 72 per cent higher than the number of cases reported at this point last year, when there were 2,255 cases.
    Added/updated: 2 January 2013