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Tuberculosis

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of tuberculosis cases notified in England were of (a) homeless persons, (b) problem drug-users and (c) prisoners in the last 12 months; and what proportion of such people in each category received directly-observed therapy from the start of their treatment in that period. (245427)

No data are collected on these risk factors, nor on the proportion of people receiving directly observed therapy. The Health Protection Agency has recently redeveloped its surveillance system to collect this information about risk factors and whether patients started on treatment are under direct observation, and the new system is currently being rolled out nationally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of tuberculosis have been recorded in (a) Gravesham, (b) Kent and (c) England in each quarter of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (246003)

The following table indicates the number of tuberculosis cases in Gravesham, Kent and England for the calendar years 2000 to 2006.

Area

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Gravesham

8

<5

<5

8

7

8

11

Kent

60

73

78

90

76

84

105

England

6,091

6,414

6,638

6,741

7,049

7,846

7,862

Notes:

1. Cases in Gravesham and Kent were determined on the basis of local authority (of patient's residence).

2. Data for Gravesham are for Gravesham local authority; data for Kent comprise: Medway, Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Mailing, and Tunbridge Wells local authorities.

3. We have not provided data by quarter because the case numbers per quarter would be very small and would have to be suppressed due to the risk of deductive disclosure. Local authority information is not yet available for 2007.

Source:

Enhanced Tuberculosis Surveillance, Health Protection Agency