The Health Protection Agency's director of Global Health has said that UK hospitals have been put on "alert" over Ebola after an outbreak of the virus killed at least 78 in Guinea, West Africa.
Dr Brian McClusky told ITV News: "What we have done is make sure all hospitals in the UK have been alerted, so if a patient turns up, who has those symptoms, who has been to that part of West Africa, they can be tested and looked after in specialist facilities in London.
He added: "The chance of it spreading outside West Africa is relatively small, because essentially people get ill relatively quickly. They are not likely get on a plane and survive a journey.
"It's technically possible that somebody could get on a plane and arrive in the UK. It's extremely unlikely."
People who are concerned that they might have HIV will soon be able to find out whether or not they are infected in the comfort of their own homes, officials are to announce.
At present it is illegal in the UK to do a HIV test at home and read the result yourself - people can take a sample themselves, send it off for testing in a laboratory and receive the result at a later date.
But officials are planning to change the outdated laws so people can perform a simple saliva test at home which will quickly give the user a "negative" or a "positive indication" result.
Health experts hope that making the tests more readily available will help reduce infection rates.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has released new findings linking an outbreak of Cryptosporidium infection last year with supermarket salad bags. Here are some facts about the parasite:
- Found in soil, food, water or surfaces that have been contaminated with infected human or animal faeces
- Most common symptom is watery diarrhoea, which can range from mild to severe
- More likely to affect children aged between one and five years, and people with weak immune systems
- The last outbreak affected some 300 people in England and Wales in May 2012
Dr Stephen Morton, head of the multi-agency Outbreak Control Team, has said the public need take no action over the findings:
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has found a potential link between 'ready-to-eat' salad bags and an outbreak of Cryptosporidium infection in May 2012.
The infection affected around 300 people in England and Wales for a short period and caused mild to moderate symptoms, but no deaths.
An investigation by the HPA found a "significant statistical association" between cases of the infection and consumption of pre-cut spinach, particularly from one major supermarket chain.
Another link was found with pre-cut mixed salad leaves from another major supermarket chain.
The HPA said members of the public do not need to take any action, but it hopes the findings will help prevent further outbreaks of this type from happening again.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has been notified of an outbreak of food poisoning linked to an establishment in Havering. One person has died after being admitted to hospital.
Around 30 people have reported symptoms of gastrointestinal illness after eating at the venue on Christmas Day.
Laboratory testing has confirmed the presence of Clostridium perfringens bacteria in a number of samples submitted by those experiencing symptoms, including the patient who died.
The number of cases of winter vomiting bug norovirus could rise to more than one million, according to new figures released by the Health Protection Agency.
Latest statistics show that there have been 3,538 laboratory confirmed cases of the virus during a 23-week period up until December 16th this year.
The amount of norovirus cases represents a small percentage of the actual numbers of norovirus activity as it is estimated that for each confirmed case, there are a further 288 unreported cases.
The latest figures eclipse last year's statistics at the same point.
While whooping cough can cause nasty symptoms in adults, it does not usually cause any long-lasting complications and can be treated with antibiotics.
In the very young, whooping cough can be a serious illness and can lead to death in some cases.
Babies and children can often make a distressing "whoop" sound while gasping for air after a coughing fit. Older children and adults tend to suffer a prolonged cough.
Professor David Salisbury, director of immunisation at the Department of Health, said: