Joined Up Thinking – Introduction

May 23, 2012

Professor Lightfoot has long been an expert in Emergency Response and Preparedness, and good collaboration between individuals, institutions, governments and nations has always been at the heart of his approach. In essence, his speciality is ‘joined up thinking’ – an ability to create and inspire effective communication in the face of public health crisis and […]

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Food Security

May 18, 2012

There is currently an outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly in the US. The number of people affected continues to rise and the geographic spread continues to widen. We have reported on the progress of this outbreak in our Daily Alerts and have provided more comprehensive coverage in our Weekly Food Safety Alert. There are some important […]

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in Asia

May 18, 2012

We have recently been tracking reports of an increase in the number and severity of cases of Hand Foot and Mouth disease in Asia. It is not possible to get exact numbers but we have seen reports from China, Vietnam and Indonesia, with thousands of illnesses and tens of fatalities per outbreak. The earliest reports […]

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May 14, 2012

The very recent hospital outbreak of listeriosis in Northern Ireland resulting in six cases and one death is an unfortunate reminder of the dangers of this organism for the elderly, the immunocompromised and pregnant women. The organism, Listeria is widespread in the environment and occasionally contaminates food such as soft cheeses, cold cuts of meat, […]

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March Activity at NL Associates, Episode 4

April 25, 2012

The Kangaroo Group Workshop In March, Professor Lightfoot travelled to Brussels to put on a workshop for the Kangaroo Group in the European Parliament. Attended by forty member state delegates from the European Council and MEPs, the workshop addressed the issue of Cross Border Health Threats and asked the question – Is The European Union […]

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March Activity at NL Associates, Episode 3

April 23, 2012

Intelligence Gathering In Atlanta in March, Professor Lightfoot met with two key players in the Intelligence Gathering sector – John Brownstein who runs Healthmap ( and Larry Madoff who runs Promed ( John and Larry are key contributors to the Global Health Security Initiative and form part of Professor Lightfoot’s Early Alerting Group. Both Healthmap […]

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March Activity at NL Associates, Episode 2

April 19, 2012

CDC Atlanta In early March Professor Lightfoot attended the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases run by CDC Atlanta. CDC, founded in 1942, is the United States’ national public health institute and Atlanta it’s founding headquarters – due in part to the fact that malaria was once endemic in the Southern states. The 2012 conference […]

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March Activity at NL Associates, Episode 1

April 18, 2012

The earlier you notice that something is beginning to happen, the more effective your intervention will be to reduce its impact Professor Nigel Lightfoot, CBE Over the last month Professor Lightfoot has travelled widely – to the US for CDC Atlanta’s International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (, to Brussels to give the keynote presentation […]

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Daily Alert, Tuesday 10th April 2012

April 10, 2012

Schmallenberg Virus England DEFRA reports on new numbers DEFRA has reported that 239 farms in England are infected with Schmallenberg virus. Infection with the virus has been reported at 214 sheep farms and 25 cattle farms. DEFRA web site.

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Schmallenberg Virus Situation Report

February 7, 2012

The Schmallenberg Virus Outbreak is exactly the kind of public health threat that NL Associates specialises in – crossing borders and developing hour by hour. We keep a constant watch on news and information sources and we are now offering a new On Demand Schmallenberg Situation Report to keep our clients informed and reassured. This On Demand situation report […]

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