HC Deb 21 December 1988 vol 144 cc307-8W
Mr. Kirkwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish in theOfficial Report the figures for the

Year Total Salmonella Bacteraemia S. enteritidis Bacteraemia S. enteritidis PT4 Bacteraemia
Cases Deaths1 Cases Deaths1 Cases Deaths1
1984 203 33 17 3 1
1985 151 30 30 9 9 3
1986 192 21 43 5 19 4
1987 226 35 61 15 26 9
1988 to October 237 48 120 26 87 23
1Deaths known to have occurred among these cases.

There is no direct evidence to link these deaths with the consumption of eggs but salmonella enteritidis phage type 4 (PT4) is associated almost exclusively with chicken and eggs and we must assume that some of the deaths in the final column will have been associated with eggs.

Mr. Martyn Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence his Department has of infection of hens' eggs by transmission of salmonella species in the oviduct; and what species are involved.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

I refer the hon. Member to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Wealden (Sir G. Johnson Smith) on 16 December at column766.

Mr. Martyn Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of human gastroenteritis caused by species of salmonella were reported in the last three years; what species were involved; and how many were directly attributed to fresh hens' eggs.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The information available is as follows:

past five year period of those in England and Wales who have applied for licences to run residential homes, shown broken down by regional health authority areas in which the homes were situated.

Mr. Freeman

We do not hold this information centrally.