Dáil Éireann - Volume 503 - 31 March, 1999
Written Answers. - Meningitis Incidence.
Mr. Power Mr. Power
99. Mr. Power asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of reported cases of meningitis in each of the years from 1990 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9373/99]
Mr. Cowen Mr. Cowen
Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Cowen): The number of cases of meningitis notified to my  Department in each of the years from 1990 to date is as follows:
There are two forms of meningitis – bacterial and viral. Bacterial meningitis is the more serious form of the disease. The occurrence of meningococcal infection is cyclical in nature and an increase in incidence may occur periodically without apparent reason, persist for a number of years and then begin to fall again towards previous lower levels.
The Working Group on Bacterial Meningitis and Related Conditions was established by my Department in 1996 to examine the incidence of bacterial meningitis and related conditions, and to make recommendations with a view to strengthening the surveillance and control of these conditions. The group reported in 1997 and its report was circulated to all relevant agencies in the health service. The group has remained in existence and will shortly complete an evaluation of the implementation of the recommendations in its 1997 report.
Dáil Éireann 503 Written Answers. Meningitis Incidence.