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Listeria: Death

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths were attributed to listeria in each of the last five years in (a) the UK and (b) Norfolk. (163653)

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 attributed to Listeria in each of the last five years in (a) the UK and (b) Norfolk. (163653)

The table attached provides 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 the UK, for 2001 to 2005 (the latest year available). There were no deaths attributed to listeria in Norfolk county in those years.

Table 1: number of deaths where listeria infection1,2 was the underlying cause of death, or was mentioned on the death certificate, UK3, 2001 to 20054

Persons

(i) Underlying cause

(ii) Any mention

2001

9

18

2002

8

16

2003

20

32

2004

20

36

2005

16

29

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), codes A3 2 (Listeriosis), O35.8 (Maternal care for other (suspected) foetal abnormality and damage, with mention of listeria infection in the text of the death certificate), and P37.2 (Neonatal (disseminated) listeriosis).

2 Figures shown as ‘any mention’ (column ii) include those where listeria infection was recorded as the underlying cause (column i).

3 Figures include data provided by the Registrars General for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

4 Figures are for deaths occurring in each calendar year for England and Wales, and for deaths registered in each calendar year for Northern Ireland and Scotland.