Health Protection Unit


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Health Protection Unit

A local division (e.g., Thames Valley HPU) of the Health Protection Agency, an executive Government agency in England which is independent of the NHS. The HPUs act on the local level to protect the public from environmental hazards to health, primarily infectious (communicable) disease but also other hazards such as chemicals, toxins and radiation. HPUs work in conjunction with GPs, hospital doctors, microbiology labs, and local authority Environmental Health departments.
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The environmental and urban construction office today consists of four (4) units and primarily the system will be used by the environment and health protection unit and the building protection unit.
Dr Ebere Okereke, consultant in Communicable Disease Control at West Yorkshire Health Protection Unit, said: "The school has been cooperating with our investigations and following strict exclusion and hygiene measures to try and prevent further spread of the infection within the school.
Viv Cleary, consultant in health protection, North East and North Central London Health Protection Unit and Gavin Fergie, Unite/CPHVA professional officer
The symptoms are suggestive of virol gastroenteritis, also known as norovirus, and it is known that high levels of viral illness are currently circulating in the community." Mrs Scott said the decision to close both schools was taken after discussion with the Primary Care Trust Health Protection Unit and asked parents of any child showing the symptoms to keep them away from school.
Health Protection Unit disease control consultant Dr Torbjorn Sundkvist said: "When a case of meningitis is diagnosed, the public health doctor will make sure that all those who need antibiotics are contacted.
Dr Eamonn O'Moore, a consultant in communicable disease control for Thames Valley Health Protection Unit, said: "Her symptoms began three days after she returned but she was not seriously ill.
* Or call Northumberland Tyne and Wear Health Protection Unit North of Tyne on (0191) 273-3584, South of Tyne (0191) 516-3333 9am to 5pm weekdays.
His letter offers advice to GPs suspecting measles cases including reporting the disease to the Health Protection Unit.
The job: I work in the public health protection unit for Greater Glasgow Health Board which gives advice to the public and health professionals on communicable diseases, immunisation and environmental health.
The Health Protection Unit coordinates the environmental health services.
Dr Ebere Okereke, consultant in communicable disease control at West Yorkshire Health Protection Unit, said pupils at Reinwood were suffering from symptoms suggestive of viral gastroenteritis.
Dr Roger Gajraj, a consultant with the Health Protection Unit in Birmingham, said: "We cannot ban children from the park but for the time being to minimise the risk of infection we are asking parents to take them to other parks in the local area.

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