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Protecting the country's health

Posts relating to PHE Priority 3: Protecting the country's health

Getting back on track to eliminating measles

We have had some fantastic news recently.  More children have been vaccinated against measles and the number of measles infections has reduced. This means that we are getting back on track towards eliminating the disease. Measles has been relatively rare …

Syndromic surveillance: our national insurance

Syndromic surveillance is an innovative way of collecting and analysing health surveillance data and is becoming an increasingly popular way of monitoring public health across the world. Syndromic surveillance complements existing programmes, which are usually based upon traditional laboratory reporting, …

Time to be brave: nursing and midwifery's contribution to protecting health

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The last few weeks have been tough. Flooding across many parts of the country has brought communities together but also highlighted how isolated and vulnerable many citizens are. Nurses and midwives continue to play an important role in managing and …

A body of evidence: field epidemiology in PHE

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Field epidemiology is one of the mainstays of examining outbreaks of infectious disease.  Public Health England’s field epidemiology service (FES) contributes to investigating anything from the more common food poisoning incidents to the more exotic such as the new MERS-Coronavirus recently identified …

Flooding and the public's health: looking beyond the short-term

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In the past month, windstorms and flooding have been knocking at our doors more frequently than we would like. Like an unwelcome guest, severe weather brings with it many problems and often ones that are not always easily visible.  It …

Making HIV testing part of how we care for ourselves

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HIV remains a major source of harm to people’s health, much of which is avoidable.  There are more HIV tests being performed in England than at any time in the three decades we’ve been battling this virus. That’s welcome, but …

Mistreating the treatment: the struggle against antibiotic resistance

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Antibiotics have been around for nearly 70 years.  Many people still alive today may remember them first being used to treat casualties from the Second World War. Around 1944 a newspaper billboard proclaimed that ‘Penicillin cures gonorrhoea in four hours …