Health Protection Agency


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Health Protection Agency

An independent, UK Department of Health-funded agency created by central Government in 2003 to protect the general public from threats to their health from infectious diseases and environmental hazards, including toxic chemicals, hazardous waste or radiation, by providing advice and information to the public, to health professionals such as doctors and nurses, and to national and local government. The HPA plays a central role in preparedness for new and emerging threats, such as bio-terrorism or a virulent new strain of disease.
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Dr Kirsty Foster of the Health Protection Agency and chair of the outbreak control team said: "Initial investigations have not yet identified a definite source of infection, however, we are working closely with the organisers of the event to determine the source of infection.
HPA seasonal flu surveillance head, Richard Pebody, stated that the Health Protection Agency is expecting an increase in flu activity, mainly among school children as this year's flu season begins.
Dr Roberto Vivancos, a consultant with the Health Protection Agency in Cheshire and Merseyside, said: "It is obvious from these statistics that people who are not fully vaccinated are not just at risk themselves, but they pose an infection risk to others, such as defenceless babies and toddlers who are too young to be vaccinated.
The Health Protection Agency said it would normally expect to see around 10 to 12 cases in the same period in previous years.
It is fairly common and the Health Protection Agency does not advise that a school needs to close.
The Health Protection Agency has not been made aware of any injuries to the surface of the eye caused by laser pointers - such injuries are usually caused by persistent rubbing of the eye after the laser beam has been shone into the eye," said a spokesman from the Health Protection Agency.
Earlier the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said eight children remain in hospital with the infection, all of whom are "stable or improving".
The Health Protection Agency in the West Midlands is urging parents to ensure youngsters are fully protected with two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine as schools reopen for the new academic year and infections spread more rapidly.
The announcement of the rise in Scotland followed the confirmation by the Health Protection Agency of another 72 cases in England, as well as one new case in Wales and one in Northern Ireland yesterday, bringing the UK's total cases to 1,005.
The famous public school will follow "strong advice" from the Health Protection Agency and shut its doors until June 7.
A spokeswoman for the Health Protection Agency said the adult from the east of England and one of the adults from London had been in contact with confirmed cases.

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