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Tuberculosis: Schools

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many outbreaks of tuberculosis have occurred in schools in (a) London and (b) England in the last five years. (256099)

The data for tuberculosis (TB) outbreaks are shown in the following table.

Number of school outbreaks in England1

Number of school outbreaks in London

20082

58

34

2007

56

25

2006

51

17

2005

55

31

2004

53

23

Total

273

130

1 Inclusive of London incidents.

2 As of 6 February 2009.

Source:

Health Protection Agency's TB incident and outbreak surveillance system (TBIOS)