Notifiable Diseases: Detainees

Department of Health written question – answered on 24th July 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Suttie Baroness Suttie Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases or outbreaks of reportable diseases in prisons and immigration removal centres have occurred in each of the last three years.

Photo of Lord Prior of Brampton Lord Prior of Brampton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health

Public Health England (PHE) receives reports from prisons and immigration removal centre on cases or outbreaks of reportable diseases.

The numbers of reportable single cases of infection per setting from 2012-2014 reported to PHE are presented in the table below.

Custodial setting

Year

2014

2013

2012

Prisons

1,208

1,630

600

Immigration Removal Centres

60

38

30

Note: the increase in reported cases in prisons from 2012-2013 is due to improvements in reporting Hepatitis C infection. There were over 300 cases of hepatitis C reported during 2013.

The number of outbreaks of infection in prisons and immigration removal centres reported to PHE from 2012-14 are presented in the table below.

Custodial setting

Year

2014

2013

2012

Prisons

26

21

26

Immigration Removal Centres

3

2

1

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