HC Deb 08 July 2003 vol 408 cc776-7W
Mr. Amess

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of measles has been in each primary care trust in London in each of the last five years. [119870]

Miss Melanie Johnson

Information on the number of notifications of infectious diseases are collected through the notifications of infectious diseases system (NOIDS). The Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, part of the Health Protection Agency, is responsible for administering the NOIDS system. It is also responsible for collating information on laboratory confirmed cases.

The number of laboratory confirmed cases of measles between 1997 and 2002 in London are shown in the table. Information has been provided for London, rather than by primary care trust, as the numbers are small. The data for 2002 is provisional and is therefore subject to change.

Year Number of cases in London
1997 20
1998 13
1999 51

Year Number of cases in London
2000 50
2001 25
2002 198