HC Deb 15 July 1957 vol 573 cc84-5W
64. Mr. Hastings

asked the Minister of Health how many of those who have suffered from smallpox during the present epidemic have been vaccinated in infancy; and how many have been revaccinated.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

None of the three persons confirmed as suffering from smallpox was vaccinated in infancy.

65. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that a troopship from Malaya arrived at Southampton last week carrying amongst others, 208 people suffering from Asiatic flu; and what steps he is taking to protect and cure those sufferers.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

I understand that there were no cases of influenza on board when the ship arrived at Southampton and no action was therefore necessary.

66. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the increased incidence of smallpox and Asian flu in Great Britain; whether he has been able to trace the sources of infection; and what further steps he is taking to protect the British people from these infections.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

There have been three confirmed cases of smallpox; the source is believed to have been a traveller returning from Lagos. In the four cases where influenza of the Asian type has so far been indentified, the infection has occurred in persons recently arrived from Asia. Normal routine action in the case of epidemics is being taken.