To ask Her Majesty's Government how many instances of notifiable diseases brought into the United Kingdom by (a) visitors, and (b) returnees from abroad, have been recorded in the last five years for which figures are available, and from which countries did those cases originate. [HL4912]
Information about the travel history or status of patients with notifiable infectious diseases is not collected as it is not required to be reported by registered medical practitioners under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984. The 1984 Act requires the minimum essential information to be reported to enable prompt investigation and response to protect public health.
Data on statutory notifications of infectious diseases are collated and published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA). A copy of the HPA’s latest annual report on statutory notifications of infectious diseases for 2007 has been placed in the Library.