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Miscarriages

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 21 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has concerning the number of miscarriages caused by pregnant women coming into contact with chlorydiosis infected sheep.

We have assumed that the question was intended to refer to sheep infected with chlamydia psittaci. The information available for the years since 1984 is shown in the table:

Chlamydia B/Chlamydia Psittaci 1984–88
Laboratory reports to PHLS CDSC of miscarriage/abortions in cases of known contact with aborting sheep or who had ovine infections.
YearTotal lab reports2Miscarriage/Abortions
19844101
19863262
119895682
Total2,51625
1Provisional.
2 Evidence for ovine origin is difficult to determine.