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HPA (Health Protection Agency)

HPA (Health Protection Agency) nursing news and analysis

Anna Soubry

Ministers to change law to allow HIV self-testing kits

People who are concerned that they might have HIV will soon be able to find out whether or not they are infected in the comfort of their own homes, officials are to announce.

Measles spreads at 'alarming' speed

Measles cases are spreading with “alarming” speed despite urgent calls to ensure children have vital MMR protection.

Research shows link between narcolepsy and Pandemrix flu vaccine

HPA warns of link between narcolepsy and swine flu vaccine

Researchers have discovered that there may be a link between children developing narcolepsy and the Pandemrix flu vaccine.

Supporting care homes to reduce Clostridium Difficile infections

Supporting care homes to cut C difficile reinfections Subscription Required

After finding that local care homes had experienced C difficile infection, a trust offered them deep cleaning and expert advice to reduce reinfection

1,500 wards were shut by norovirus

HPA: 1,500 wards were shut by norovirus

The winter vomiting bug led to the closure of 1,500 hospital wards last year, figures show.

Vomiting spate blamed on new virus

Vomiting spate blamed on new virus

Many people laid low by a recent vomiting bug have a new strain of norovirus, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Norovirus triggers blood shortage

Norovirus triggers blood shortage

The NHS has made an urgent appeal for O Negative blood donors after the norovirus outbreak and the festive period caused a drop in donations.

Anthrax infected drug user dies

A drug user has died after being infected with anthrax, public health experts have said.

Norovirus cases may have hit 880,000

Almost 880,000 people could have been affected by an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, health officials said.

Norovirus could affect 750,000 patients, warns HPA

More than 750,000 people could be affected by outbreaks of norovirus across the UK this winter, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has claimed.

Needle injuries at work doubled in past decade

The number of health professionals who have been pierced by needles at work has doubled in the last 10 years, leaving medical staff vulnerable to viruses transmitted through blood.

Whooping cough outbreak has claimed lives of 10 babies

Whooping cough outbreak has claimed lives of 10 babies

The whooping cough outbreak has now claimed the lives of 10 babies, say health officials.

Povidone iodine used before surgery

Methods of skin antisepsis for preventing SSIs Subscription Required

This review compares antiseptic solutions used to prepare a patient’s skin before surgery and the evidence of their effectiveness at preventing surgical site infections.

Immunisation

Why are we facing one of the biggest outbreaks of measles in decades?

So why are we facing one of the biggest outbreaks of measles in decades when we have a perfectly safe and effective vaccination against this potentially fatal disease?

MRSA and C diff deaths dropping

MRSA and C diff deaths dropping

Official government figures show MRSA and C.difficile deaths have dropped.

'Alarming' rise in antibiotic resistance

Not for the first time the issue of antibiotic resistance is in the news. The Independent reports that “Antibiotics crisis will mean routine infections are fatal,” while The Guardian headlines that “Antibiotics resistance growing at alarming rate.”

Pregnant woman

Pregnant women offered whooping cough vaccine

Pregnant women are to be vaccinated against whooping cough, health officials said, after the biggest outbreak of the illness for two decades claimed the lives of nine babies.

Doctor and child

Huge rise in whooping cough cases

Health experts have said they are concerned about a surge in the number of cases of the potentially fatal disease whooping cough, with more than 3,500 reported so far this year compared to 1,118 for the whole of the last.

Measles

Measles cases double in England and Wales

The number of confirmed cases of measles in the first half of the year was almost double the number seen during the equivalent period in 2011, new figures show.

High levels of infection among caesarean births

High levels of infection among caesarean births

Almost one in 10 women who give birth via caesarean section suffer an infection, statistics show.

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