§ Mr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement as to the incidence of both Hepatitis A and B in the various regions of Wales, giving quarterly figures if possible over the past two years; and if he will comment upon the distribution regionally and with respect to time.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
The latest figures available for notifications of infective jaundice for 1979 and the first two quarters of 1980 are given for Wales as a whole and by county, in the following table. These figures relate to all forms of infective jaundice. Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B and jaundice due to other hepatitis viruses cannot be separately identified from these figures.
Notification is almost certainly incomplete and the extent to which it is so, may vary between counties so that it is not possible to draw any valid conclusions from the geographical and temporal variation, particularly in view of the small numbers involved.
Hepatitis A Hepatitis B 1st Quarter 1979 5 11 2nd Quarter 1979 2 12 Total 8 63
Source: Public Health Laboratory Service