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Volume 228: debated on Thursday 8 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of dysentery were reported in Nottingham during the last 12 months and in each of the previous five years.

The information is shown in the table.

Reported cases of dysentery in Nottingham 1987–1991


The total number of reported cases in Nottingham for the last 12 months is 1101 .

1 Week ending 19 June 1992 to week ending 18 June 1993.

There was a national increase in notifications of dysentry in 1991 and early 1992 with a subsequent fall in notifications in the second half of 1992. In addition to its usual role of surveillance and giving advice on the control of outbreaks of the disease, the Public Health Laboratory Service has established a working group of people with expertise in this area to determine whether any additional steps should be taken.