Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 8 August 2014

Weekly message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England.

This publication was withdrawn on


Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 8 August 2014

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


As you will be aware from the widespread media coverage, parts of West Africa are in the grip of the largest recorded Ebola outbreak. Although it is not transmissible in the same way as flu because it is not airborne and we are unlikely to see many, if any, cases here, we nonetheless need to ensure our defence systems are watertight so that if someone does return to the UK with the infection, we can detect, diagnose and manage it promptly and appropriately.

Many of our expert teams at Public Health England are heavily involved in providing support to colleagues in the NHS and across Government. In addition some of our experts have gone out to the region to support teams on the ground. I am very grateful to everyone for their tremendous work and especially to those who have gone out to Africa.

On Wednesday we submitted our response to the Government’s consultation on standardised tobacco packaging.

Published 8 August 2014