Preventing Infection

Welcome to the Preventing Infection Website of the Public Health Department. This website provides information and advice on several aspects of preventing infection.


Infections are caused by microorganisms that attach themselves to body cells and replicate. All infections have the potential to cause a person to become sick.  Outbreaks often last only a few days and affected persons recover quickly; nonetheless controlling infection is of prime importance to public health and cannot be taken for granted.

Keep antibiotics working is the message from Public Health England!

Our time with antibiotics is running out.

Antibiotics are a type of drug classed as antimicrobials that are used in treatment and prevention of bacterial infections. They may kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses such as common cold or influenza, and may be harmful when taken inappropriately. read more…

World Aids Day, 1st December 2018

Today marks World AIDS Day, an annual campaign where people across the world hold events to raise awareness about HIV. This year marks the day’s 30th anniversary, highlighting the significant progress made towards the treatment of HIV and the reduction of deaths from AIDS since 1988. read more…

World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 12-18th November 2018

Theme: Change Can’t Wait. Our Time with Antibiotics is Running Out
Once again the November campaign is striving to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance. World antibiotic awareness week encourages best practice among the general public, health workers and policy makers, with the intention of preventing the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.
Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the foundation of modern medicine. However, the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance (AMR). read more…