HC Deb 05 March 1997 vol 291 cc657-8W
Mr. Boateng

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department was first notified of the outbreak of cryptosporidium in the area of Thames Water; and by whom. [18908]

Mr. Horam

The local consultant in communicable disease control for Brent and Harrow health authority informed officials of an increase in the number of reported cases of cryptosporidiosis in the area on the afternoon of Friday 28 February. Later the same afternoon, the regional epidemiologist reported an outbreak of the infection in West Hertfordshire.