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2006 Press Releases

  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 28 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Renewed Malaria Warning to Holidaymakers Release date: 20 December 2006
    In new malaria guidance published today, the Health Protection Agency is warning travellers, especially those visiting friends and family in countries where the disease is common, about the risks of infection if they do not take the correct preventative malaria treatment before, during and after travelling.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 19 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Outbreak of PVL-positive community-associated MRSA Release date: 18 December 2006
    Eight cases of Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL)-positive community-associated MRSA have been identified among individuals in a hospital and their close household contacts in the West Midlands region.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 18 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko. Throughout, our primary concern has been to protect the public.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 15 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko. Throughout, our primary concern has been to protect the public.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Awareness and testing for Hepatitis C are increasing Release date: 15 December 2006
    A new report from the Health Protection Agency shows that the number of people newly diagnosed with hepatitis C has increased; from 2,116 in 1996, to 7,580 in 2005.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 14 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 13 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 12 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 11 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 10 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 9 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 29 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 8 December 2006
    As outlined yesterday preliminary results received from seven members of staff working in The Pine Bar of the Millennium Hotel on Nov 1 show that they appear to have had some exposure to Polonium-210.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 7 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency continues to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 6 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation  Release date: 5 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 4 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation  Release date: 3 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 2 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to the Polonium-210 incident Release date: 1 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr. Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 investigation Release date: 1 December 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to the Polonium-210 incident Release date: 30 December 2006
    The figures and location updates included in this release are the latest available at 4pm today (NOV 30) unless otherwise stated.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • London bombings - key long term health issues announced Release date: 30 November 2006
    The first findings from the public health follow-up study for those exposed to the July bombings last year were announced at a special international conference today.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to the Polonium-210 incident Release date: 29 November 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to the Polonium-210 incident Release date: 28 November 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is continuing to provide expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Update on public health issues related to the Polonium-210 incident Release date: 27 December 2006
    The Itsu Sushi restaurant in Piccadilly is being decontaminated.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Update Statement on the Public Health Issues related to Polonium-210 Release date: 25 November 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is providing expert advice on the public health issues surrounding the death of Mr Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • 63,500 adults now living with HIV in the UK Release date: 22 November 2006
    An estimated 63,500 adults are now living with HIV in the UK , according to a report released today by the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Health advice for Hajj travellers Release date: 16 November 2006
    UK travellers to the annual Hajj Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca were today urged to make sure they've taken all the appropriate health precautions before making the journey.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Too many healthcare workers exposed to bloodborne viruses Release date: 16 November 2006
    A new report from the Health Protection Agency shows that healthcare workers are still being exposed to bloodborne virus infections, even though such exposures are largely preventable.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency publishes first Migrant Health Report Release date: 15 November 2006
    There is generally a low rate of infectious disease among migrants in England , Wales and Northern Ireland, although the majority of patients newly diagnosed with HIV, TB and malaria are born outside the UK.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Potassium Cyanoaurate Alert in Woking, Surrey Release date: 6 November 2006
    Surrey police have advised that eight vials (total 147 gram) of a toxic chemical, potassium cyanoaurate (also known as gold potassium cyanide), went missing from a business in Woking after delivery to Blackburn was arranged on Thursday 2 November.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Cases of Tuberculosis rise steeply during 2005 Release date: 2 November 2006
    Cases of Tuberculosis (TB) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have increased by 10.8% from 7,321 cases reported in 2004 to 8,113 in 2005 according to new figures released today by the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Increase in HIV among injecting drug users Release date: 25 October 2006
    A report released today by the Health Protection Agency shows that around one in 50 Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) in the UK are now infected with HIV.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Mr Alexander Litvinenko- Health Protection Agency Statement Release date: 28 November 2006
    The Health Protection Agency can confirm that it is providing expert advice as part of the Metropolitan Police investigations into the death of Alexander Litvinenko.
    Added/updated: 14 December 2009
  • Experts to meet to discuss salmonella in laying flocks Release date: 19 October 2006
    The Health Protection Agency and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency will host a conference today to discuss the results of an EU-wide survey of salmonella in laying flocks.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Views sought on use of potential blood test for Variant CJD Release date: 19 October 2006
    The Health Protection Agency has today launched a consultation to look at the social and ethical implications of a blood test for variant CJD, should a test become available in the near future.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Increased Levels of Antibiotic Resistance in Gonorrhoea Release date: 12 October 2006
    New figures released today by the Health Protection Agency show that levels of antibiotic resistance in gonorrhoea, the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection, continue to increase.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Anthrax Investigation Release date: 12 October 2006
    As part of an ongoing investigation into an anthrax case in the Scottish Borders, NHS Borders, Health Protection Scotland and the Health Protection Agency have continued to work together.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • TB and Public Health: Conference Addresses Key Themes of Global and Local Significance Release date: 10 October 2006
    TB related topics ranging from global and public health perspectives to the latest molecular science and vaccine development will be among those presented by physicians and scientists at a national conference on Thursday 12 October.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Confirmed case of bat rabies in Oxfordshire Release date: 10 October 2006
    A routine test carried out on a female Daubenton's bat submitted to the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge, Surrey has confirmed the presence of European Bat Lyssavirus type 2 (EBLV-2), a strain of rabies.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Winter flu activity reporting starts Release date: 4 October 2006
    This week the Health Protection Agency resumes its winter monitoring of flu activity in the UK.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency collaborates to introduce a new pandemic flu data system Release date: 13 September 2006
    Delegates attending the final day of the Health Protection Agency annual conference will hear of a system the Agency has developed to improve the UK 's preparedness for a future influenza pandemic.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Increase in cases of Mosquito-borne virus highlighted Release date: 13 September 2006
    In the latest data to be presented at this year's the Health Protection Agency annual conference, delegates will be informed that the number of cases of the mosquito-born Chikungunya virus detected in travellers returning from the Indian Ocean has significantly increased during 2006.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • National increase in cases of Legionnaires' Disease Release date: 12 September 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is investigating an increase in the number of cases of Legionnaires' disease reported since the beginning of August 2006.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Chernobyl 20 years on - key findings Release date: 12 September 2006
    The 26 th April this year marked the 20 th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Surveillance reveals three strains of C. difficile cause 75% of infections Release date: 12 September 2006
    Research presented today at the Health Protection Agency's annual conference will show that only a quarter of healthcare associated C. difficile infections surveyed are caused by the strain 027, the strain which caused most of the cases in the outbreak at Aylesbury's Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency develops single test for H5 avian and seasonal flu Release date: 12 September 2006
    Delegates on the second day of the Health Protection Agency's annual conference will learn about updated diagnostic tests developed to simultaneously detect the avian influenza H5 or seasonal human flu virus.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Lessons from the Buncefield Fire Release date: 11 September 2006
    The Buncefield explosion and fire in December 2005 was a major incident that attracted attention all over the world.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Paracetamol still a headache Release date: 7 September 2006
    The Annual Report of the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS)shows that paracetamol is the product about which the Service receives the most telephone enquiries.
    Added/updated: 17 August 2009
  • Lassa fever in Germany : Follow up of possible contacts Release date: 27 July 2006
    On July 20 2006, a patient who travelled from Freetown (Sierra Leone) to Germany via Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Brussels on 10/11 July was diagnosed with Lassa fever - a viral haemorrhagic fever.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency publishes annual report for 2005/06 Release date: 25 July 2006
    The Health Protection Agency today issued its Annual Report for the financial year 2005/06.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Clostridium Difficile cases rising Release date: 24 July 2006
    Cases of Clostridium difficile infection in patients aged 65 years and above increased by 17.2% in England over the last year, from 44,107 in 2004 to 51,690 in 2005, according to new figures released today by the Health Protection Agency.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Health Protection 2006 conference Release date: 19 July 2006
    The Health Protection Agency has announced the programme for its fourth annual conference, Health Protection 2006, which will be held at the University of Warwick from 11 - 13 September.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • The distribution of childhood cancers in Great Britain Release date: 19 July 2006
    The Health Protection Agency welcomes the publication of the 11th Report from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) on the distribution of childhood cancers in Great Britain.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Whooping cough in school age children Release date: 7 July 2006
    A study published today in the British Medical Journal has found that a substantial proportion of school age children with persistent cough had evidence of a recent whooping cough infection, even though most had been immunised against the disease.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Sexually transmitted infections figures for 2005 Release date: 4 July 2006
    New figures released today by the Health Protection Agency show that the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other conditions diagnosed in genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics in the UK increased by 3% between 2004 and 2005.
    Added/updated: 19 December 2008
  • Scientific Advice on the EU Physical Agents Directive Release date: 29 June 2006
    The Health Protection Agency notes that the Science and Technology Committee (STC) has chosen to examine how scientific advice was used by Government to inform and advise on legislation emanating from the EU, in particular in relation to the Physical Agents (Electromagnetic Fields, EMFs) Directive.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Open MMR letter by leading scientific experts Release date: 27 June 2006
    The Health Protection Agency welcomes the open MMR letter which has been issued by leading scientific experts, two of whom are from the Agency.
    Added/updated: 30 December 2008
  • Travellers to tropical destinations urged to protect themselves against malaria Release date: 8 June 2006
    Following 11 deaths from malaria in 2005, the Health Protection Agency is urging the increasing numbers of travellers taking summer holidays in destinations where malaria is prevalent to take precautions against contracting this disease.
    Added/updated: 31 December 2008
  • Health Effects from the Buncefield Fire Release date: 9 May 2006
    There is currently no evidence of a lasting public health risk from the exposure to the plume.
    Added/updated: 31 December 2008
  • Conjunctivitis caused by H7 avian influenza in poultry worker  Release date: 28 April 2006
    A poultry worker is suffering from conjunctivitis caused by H7 avian influenza. The individual works on the Norfolk poultry farm confirmed as having an outbreak of (low pathogenic) H7N3 avian influenza.
    Added/updated: 25 November 2008
  • Conjunctivitis caused by H7 avian influenza in poultry worker  Release date: 28 April 2006
    The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed that a poultry worker is suffering from conjunctivitis caused by H7 avian influenza.
    Added/updated: 31 December 2008
  • The Consequences of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident Release date: 25 April 2006
    The 20 th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident on 26 th April has produced a number of papers, articles and claims about the health effects of the accident both here in the UK and in Eastern Europe.
    Added/updated: 31 December 2008
  • Confirmed H5N1 avian influenza in wild bird in the UK Release date: 6 April 2006
    The Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Scottish Executive have announced that a swan found dead in Fife, Scotland died of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu.
    Added/updated: 31 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency Annual Donaldson Lecture Release date: 4 April 2006
    The Health Protection Agency's annual Donaldson lecture will be given this year by Dr David Heymann, Representative of the Director General for Polio Eradication, World Health Organization (WHO), on the emerging infectious diseases threatening frontline health workers.
    Added/updated: 31 December 2008
  • Consultation Document on the Use of Iodine Tablets Release date: 30 March 2006
    The Health Protection Agency has today published a Consultation Document on the use of iodine tablets in the event of a nuclear accident.
    Added/updated: 31 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency's partner launches decontamination product for surgical instruments Release date: 27 March 2006
    An idea originally conceived by Health Protection Agency scientists has been developed into a commercial product, independently certified for use by a European Community Notified Body (CE Marked) and launched on to the market by the Agency's partners, Genencor International.
    Added/updated: 31 December 2008
  • Advice to Defra on Radioactively Contaminated Land Release date: 24 March 2006
    The Health Protection Agency has published advice on the designation of radioactively contaminated land in response to proposals from Defra for new regulations on the clean-up of contaminated sites.
    Added/updated: 31 December 2008
  • Health Protection Agency introduces new technology to help control tuberculosis Release date: 22 March 2006
    In a drive to reduce levels of tuberculosis in the UK, the Health Protection Agency's network of laboratories have introduced technology to enable better identification of the different strains of the bacteria that cause tuberculosis.
    Added/updated: 31 December 2008
  • The number of injecting drug users reaches its highest level since 1992 Release date: 16 March 2006
    Figures released today by the Health Protection Agency show that the number of injecting drug users (IDUs) infected with HIV has reached its highest level since 1992.
    Added/updated: 31 December 2008
  • Spa Pools Release date: 15 March 2006
    In new guidance issued today the Health Protection Agency is warning both commercial and domestic owners of spa pools about the risks of infections if they do not follow guidance on how to maintain them properly.
    Added/updated: 7 October 2008
  • New call to Londoners exposed to 7/7 bombings to join health follow-up  Release date: 7 March 2006
    Londoners and visitors to the Capital exposed to the July bombings last year are being urged to support a public health follow-up.
    Added/updated: 31 December 2008
  • Continuing outbreaks of winter illnesses in schools: Influenza B and Norovirus Release date: 17 February 2006
    The combined seasonal activity of influenza B and norovirus has been causing a large number of outbreaks in schools across the country in recent weeks.
    Added/updated: 2 January 2009
  • New case of variant CJD associated with blood transfusion Release date: 9 February 2006
    A new case of variant-CJD associated with a blood transfusion has recently been diagnosed.
    Added/updated: 2 January 2009
  • HPA advice on controlling winter illnesses: Influenza B and Norovirus Release date: 3 February 2006
    Following a simultaneous increase in seasonal activity of both influenza B and norovirus in the West Midlands and now influenza B in other regions throughout the UK, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) is advising people on how best to control the spread of these two well-known winter viruses.
    Added/updated: 2 January 2009
  • New diagnoses of HIV remain high Release date: 26 January 2006
    Reports received by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show that there were 5,560 new HIV diagnoses reported for 2005 so far.
    Added/updated: 2 January 2009
  • Avian flu - Results from H5N1 analyses  Release date: 13 January 2006
    The WHO International Influenza Centre at the MRC's National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill have completed the genetic and antigenic analyses of viruses recovered from two fatal cases of H5N1 influenza in Turkey.
    Added/updated: 5 January 2009
  • Health surveillance and monitoring post Buncefield Fire Release date: 10 January 2006
    Following the fire at Buncefield oil depot, the Health Protection Agency and the Dacorum & Watford and Three Rivers Primary Care Trusts are working together to review and monitor any health effects of the incident.
    Added/updated: 5 January 2009
  • Further human cases of avian flu in Turkey Release date: 9 January 2006
    The Ministry of Health in Turkey has confirmed two additional human cases of influenza A (H5N1). This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases in Turkey to four. Two of these cases have unfortunately died.
    Added/updated: 25 November 2008
  • Human cases of avian flu in Turkey Release date: 6 January 2006
    The World Health Organization (WHO) influenza reference laboratory in Mill Hill, London has confirmed that samples taken from three children in a cluster of cases in Turkey have tested positive for the avian influenza A H5 virus.
    Added/updated: 5 January 2009
  • Suspected human cases of avian flu in Turkey  Release date: 5 January 2006
    The Health Protection Agency is aware of a cluster of suspected human cases of avian influenza in Turkey and is working closely with the World Health Organization and the European Centre for Disease Control to obtain further details.
    Added/updated: 5 January 2009