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Lyme Disease

Health written question – answered on 12th July 2013.

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Photo of Duncan Hames Duncan Hames Liberal Democrat, Chippenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Wiltshire and (b) England were reported as having Lyme disease in each of the last three years; and what the incidence rate was of this disease.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The total number of cases of laboratory confirmed Lyme disease in England and Wales is as follows. England and Wales are taken as a single unit for epidemiological purposes as are counties which comprise the south-west of England. Since very little patient information is sent with referrals, only a broad designation of cases as south-west region is possible. Data for 2012 are still being compiled. A significant number of cases are acquired abroad so the rate for indigenous disease refers to those acquired in the United Kingdom.

Table 1: Lyme borreliosis, 2010
Region Total reports Rate (per 100,000) Indigenous reports Percentage indigenous reports Rate (per 100,000) (indigenous cases)
South West 264 5 238 32.1 4.51
England and Wales 905 1.64 741 100.0 1.34
Table 2: Lyme borreliosis, 2011
Region Total reports Rate (per 100,000) Overseas acquired (%) Indigenous reports Percentage indigenous reports Rate (per 100,000) (indigenous cases)
South West 265 5.0 23 (9) 242 31.8 4.58
England and Wales 959 1.73 197 (21) 762 100.0 1.38
Table 3: Lyme borreliosis, 2012(1)
Region Total reports Rate (per 100,000) Overseas acquired (%) Indigenous reports % indigenous reports Rate (per 100,000) (indigenous cases)
South West 205 3.88 n/a n/a n/a n/a
England and Wales 1,040 1.67 n/a n/a n/a n/a
1 Further analysis of data for 2012 in progress and will be available later in 2013.

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