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To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) deaths and (b) group B streptococcal infections were recorded in neonates in each of the last three years, also broken down by rates per live birth.

Answered by Shona Robison (01/09/2010): (a) The number of neonatal deaths and rates per 1,000 live births are published annually by the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) and can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/publications-and-data/vital-events/ref-tables-2009/stillbirths-infant-deaths.html.

GROS have also confirmed the number of neonatal deaths for which group B streptococcus or group B streptococcal was mentioned on the death certificate to be as follows:

Year

Cause of Death

Underlying

Contributory

2007

1

1

2008

2

0

2009

2

2

 

(b) Health Protection Scotland (HPS) have confirmed the number of group B streptococcal infections recorded in neonates in each of the last three years, as detailed in the following table. HPS also advise that any apparent variation in data should be interpreted with caution, given improvements in the reporting of these infections over recent years.

Year

 

Number of Group B Streptococcal Infection Reports in Neonates

Rate per 1,000

Live Births

2007

148

2.6

2008

240

4.0

2009

322

5.5

 


Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 01/09/2010