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Listeria Monocytogenes

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths were recorded due to listeria infections in each of the last five years. (162913)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 13 November 2007:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths were recorded due to listeria infections in each of the last five years. (162913)

The latest year for which figures are available is 2005. The table below shows the number of deaths where listeria infection was either the underlying cause of death, or was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate as a contributory factor, in England and Wales from 2001 to 2005.

Number of deaths where listeria infection1 was the underlying cause of death, or was mentioned on the death certificate, England and Wales, 2001 to 20052

Underlying cause

Mentions

2001

7

13

2002

5

10

2003

18

29

2004

17

29

2005

15

27

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (LCD-10). Text of death certificates with the following codes were searched for mentions of listeria infection:

A32 - Listeriosis

O35.8 - Maternal care for other (suspected) fetal abnormality and damage

P37.2 - Neonatal (disseminated) listeriosis

2 Figures are for deaths occurring in each calendar year.