HC Deb 23 January 1962 vol 652 cc6-7W
40. Mr. McLeavy

asked the Minister of Health if he will make a statement upon the outbreak of smallpox in Bradford.

Mr. Powell

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply today to the hon. Member for St. Pancras, North (Mr. K. Robinson).

43. Mr. Gower

asked the Minister of Health if he will take steps, pending the passage into law of the Immigration Bill, to ensure medical examination of all immigrants coming to the United Kingdom from countries where smallpox and other dangerous infectious or contagious diseases have been identified; and if he will make a statement.

44. Dr. D. Johnson

asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking to prevent the entry of infection by smallpox by immigrants entering the country by air from Pakistan or other countries where the disease is endemic.

Mr. Powell

All travellers who have been in Pakistan within the previous fortnight are examined by the port health authority for signs of recent revaccination against smallpox and where doubt exists are offered vaccination and isolated for 14 days or until the vaccination has proved successful. The names and destinations of all the rest are sent to the appropriate medical officers of health. In regard to travellers from other infected areas the normal procedure of warning notice and follow-up of contacts is applied.

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