Notifiable Diseases: Chickenpox

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th May 2020.

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Photo of Chris Green Chris Green Conservative, Bolton West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason chickenpox is not a notifiable disease in England.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In England, notifiable diseases are outlined under the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010.

When the regulation was created, the addition of chickenpox was considered, however, it was not included. This is because a provision is in place requiring notification of any infectious diseases which may pose a significant risk to human health. This was deemed to cover exceptional cases where public health action would be needed.

The Department keeps the diseases which are notifiable in England under review.

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