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Meningitis

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if the Chief Medical Officer of Scotland issued any guidance to other health boards arising out of the outbreak of meningitis in Lanarkshire in the last year.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether any medical sources have made representations to him regarding the outbreak of meningitis in Lanarkshire in the last year.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has received any reports from Lanarkshire health board regarding the outbreak of meningitis in Lanarkshire in 1984 and 1985; and if there were any indications that the outbreak involved the communication of the disease by any carrier whether human or otherwise.

Lanarkshire health board prepared a report on the outbreak and this has been submitted to the Scottish Home and Health Department. This report does not identify the cause of the increased incidence of meningitis in the Lanarkshire health board area during this period.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if his Department issued any advice or instructions to the Lanarkshire health board regarding the outbreak of meningitis in 1984 and 1985; and if he will make a statement.

Although the Scottish Home and Health Department did not offer any advice to Lanarkshire health board, the board had appropriate advice from its own medical specialists and from the directors of the communicable diseases (Scotland) unit and the Meningococcus reference laboratory (Scotland) at Ruchill hospital, Glasgow.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what inquiries were undertaken by his Department into the outbreak of meningitis in the Lanarkshire area this and last year.

My professional advisers were satisfied that Lanarkshire health board took appropriate action to control the disease, and it was not considered necessary for the Scottish Home and Health Department to undertake any further inquiries into this outbreak.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many notifications of meningitis have been made in the last four months; if any of them have led to death; and, of them, how many occurred in the Lanarkshire health board area.

The information is as follows:

ScotlandLanarkshire Health Board area
1. Number of notifications of meningitis in the period 29 June-1 November 1985357
2. Number of death in the period 1 July-19 October 1985 (provisional)41

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many deaths from meningitis, by health board areas, have been notified in each of the last five years.

The information is as follows:

Deaths from meningitis by health board area, 1980–1984
19801981198219831984
Borders1
Forth Valley3111
Dumfries & Galloway1212
Fife21
Grampian2214
Highland1112
Lothian57355

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

Argyll & Clyde32110
Ayrshire & Arran23125
Greater Glasgow75735
Lanarkshire103652
Tayside21341
Orkney Islands
Western Islands
Scotland3627253525

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many cases of meningitis have been reported in Scotland in the last 12-month period available; how that compares with the previous 12-month period; and, of them, how many were in the area of the Lanarkshire health board.

The information is as follows:

ScotlandLanarkshire Health Board
1. Number of notifications of meningitis for year ending 2 November 198419816
2. Number of notificaions of meningitis for year ending 1 November 198514640