Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) what guidance is issued to health care professionals on preventing group B streptococcal infection in newborn babies; and when this guidance was last updated;
(2) what information his Department holds on the number of cases of group B streptococcal infection in babies aged (a) zero to six days and (b) seven to 90 days in each constituent part of the UK since 2003.
Anne Milton (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Public Health), Health; Guildford, Conservative)
Current guidance for obstetricians, midwives and neonatologists is provided by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), which published its Green-top guideline No. 36 on the prevention of early-onset neonatal group B streptococcus disease in November 2003.
Information on the number of cases of group B streptococcal infection in babies is not collected centrally by the Department. The following table sets out information published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) on the number of laboratory-confirmed group B streptococcal bacteraemia reports submitted by laboratories in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The HPA does not collect data for Scotland.
|0-6 days||7-90 days|
|England||Northern Ireland||Wales||England, Wales and Northern Ireland||England||Northern Ireland||Wales||England, Wales and Northern Ireland|
|(1) Not available for every constituent country separately. Source: All data sourced from annual Commun Dis Rep/Health Protection Rep articles found on: www.hpa.org.uk/Topics/InfectiousDiseases/InfectionsAZ/StreptococcalInfections/EpidemiologicalData/|