HC Deb 27 July 1998 vol 317 cc97-8W
Mr. Steen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will issue guidance to the Director of Education in Devon concerning the advice that should be given to those families affected by the current hepatitis B health alert at Paignton Community College, Devon. [52348]

Mr. Boateng

We understand that South and West Devon Health Authority and Torbay Council have already agreed a joint approach to the management of this incident.

A joint letter and hepatitis B factsheet was distributed to children from a local community college and their parents on Friday 17 July. The letter provided information about the means of transmission of the disease and its potential risk to health. Individuals who may have concerns that they had contact with an infected adult in the community were invited to contact a health authority advice line.

The health authority is offering testing and immunisation against hepatitis B to any individual who feels that they may have had high-risk contact with this person. This includes any child attending the local community college.