PHE centres see some illnesses regularly and have well-rehearsed processes in place. But some diseases are more unusual than others, for which we must be well prepared. This blog looks at how a case of MERS in England was detected, traced and treated.
Dr Mike Gent is the Deputy Director, Health Protection for Yorkshire and the Humber Centre, leading on all areas of health protection including communicable diseases, radiation, chemical and environmental threats. Mike originally trained as a GP before working in Bosnia, Lebanon and Angola, returning to the UK in 2000 to undertake public health training. Mike has particular expertise in the areas of sustainable development, environmental hazards and extreme events, emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR) and information security.
The warnings about climate change and the dangers that it poses to our environment and public health have been known about for decades. Of late, the pertinent question has shifted from 'are we doing anything?' to 'are we doing enough?' At a …