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.

Bug Busting Day, 15th June 2018

June 15th marks the second bug busting day of 2018!

What is Bug Busting?

Bug Busting forms part of a national education initiative, asking parents and schools to help take steps to eradicate head lice.

Parents (and carers) of young children are encouraged to check their heads for lice, regardless of itching or the sight of eggs. The aim is to identify and remove any lice in circulation, stopping the problem in one go and preventing endless circulation. read more…

Save Lives: Clean Hands, 5th May 2018

Hand hygiene remains crucial to effective infection prevention and control, and this date aims to improve awareness and bring people together in support of continued global improvements.

This May 5th the World Health Organisation are linking the hand hygiene campaign to the ‘Antibiotics, handle with care’ initiative, highlighting the relationship between antimicrobial resistance and infection control. #handhygiene #antibioticresistance

Hand hygiene is not a luxury; it is a simple, effective and affordable solution to reduce both the spread of infection and multi-resistant germs. It is particularly important for patients in hospitals as it reduces the spread of health care-associated infection.

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European Immunization Week, 23rd- 29th April 2018

European Immunization Week (EIW) is an awareness campaign that emphasizes the fact that immunization is vital to disease prevention.

The slogan – Prevent. Protect. Immunize.

The European Region boasts generally high childhood immunization coverage and is progressing towards the goals of the European Vaccine Action Plan, which includes the elimination of measles and rubella. Unfortunately, a number of children across Europe and indeed within Gibraltar miss out on the protection they deserve.

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World AIDS Day, 1st December 2017

December 1st marks World AIDS day. It is a day that provides an opportunity for  people around the world to unite and show support for people living with human immunodeficiency virus ( HIV); remembering those who have died from an AIDS related illness.

The HIV targets the immune system and weakens people’s defence systems against infections and some types of cancer. Infected individuals gradually become immuno-deficient and more susceptible to a wide range of infections, cancers and other diseases that people with healthy immune systems can fight off. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), is the most advanced stage of HIV infection and can take from 2 to 15 years to develop depending on the individual. read more…