Notifiable disease rates cause concern

Data from Public Health England (PHE) highlights the burden imposed by statutory notifiable diseases.

In the year up to October 22, 2018, PHE received reports of 2,778 cases of measles, 6,942 cases of mumps and 308 cases of rubella. In addition, there were 32,968 cases of scarlet fever, 11,044 cases of food poisoning, 5,176 cases of tuberculosis and 2,797 cases of whooping cough.

Other diseases reported included anthrax (one case), leprosy (four cases), cholera (15), diphtheria (19), malaria (188) and Legionnaire’s disease (225).


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