HC Deb 18 January 1991 vol 183 cc622-3W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of meningitis there have been in the last six months; what was the figure for the equivalent period last year; and to what factors he attributes the change.

Mr. Dorrell

The table shows the overall figures for both meningitis and meningococcal meningitis.

Notifications reported to OPCS—England and Wales (All data are provisional)
Last 6 months 1990 Last 6 months 1989
Meningitis (all forms) 1,105 1,194
Meningococcal meningitis 369 470
Deaths1 55 96
1 Deaths assigned to meningococcal infection.

It is not yet clear whether the small decline in numbers represents a new trend, reversing the upsurge which began in 1986, nor to what it might be attributable. The position is being monitored closely.

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