Health Protection

Posts about the work of the Health Protection directorate

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, …

A body of evidence: field epidemiology in PHE

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 …

Mistreating the treatment: the struggle against antibiotic resistance

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 …