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Measles

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many measles cases have been diagnosed in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. (80940)

The number of suspected measles cases notified by clinicians is given in the following table, as is the number of these cases that were subsequently confirmed by laboratory tests in each of the last 10 years for which data are available.

Number of notifications

Number of laboratory-confirmed cases

20061

26

0

2005

56

21

2004

90

1

2003

57

0

2002

89

0

2001

96

0

2000

92

2

1999

79

0

1998

112

1

1997

120

1

1 Data for 2006 are up until week 24 and are provisional.

2 Test in this case unable to distinguish between antibody response to recent vaccination and a true case of measles

Source:

Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre Northern Ireland (CDSC (NI)).