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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 6 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 2004..

adjacent to John McGrath Ford and either turning right onto Melrose Drive or travelling straight through the lights towards Weston Creek, in order to prevent accidents from drivers turning right from the wrong lane.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The directional arrows in question will not be laid down on the road surface.

The convention adopted for marking arrows in lanes on the approach to traffic lights is that it is only done where the permitted movements could not be anticipated in accordance with the Australian Road Rules.

Health-whooping cough

(Question No 318)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 16 March 2005:

(1) How many cases of whooping cough have been recorded by ACT Health to date this year;

(2) How does this figure compare to the number of cases of whooping cough recorded in the ACT in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2001-02.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Since 1st January 2005 there have been 42 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) notified.

Since 1st July 2004 until present there have been 108 cases (33 per 100,000 population) of pertussis notified. The average number of pertussis cases notified in the ACT over the five-year period prior from July 1998 to July 2003 was 112 per annum (35 per 100,000 population). Therefore 108 cases this year to date is not indicative of an outbreak.

(2) (a) 2003-04

From the 1 st July 2003 to 31 st June 2004 there were 364 cases of pertussis notified. This data reflects a pertussis outbreak of 304 cases occurring between July - December 2003. In vaccinated populations outbreaks occur every 3 to 4 years.

(b) 2002-03

From 1 st July 2002 to 31 st June 2003 there were 73 cases of pertussis notified. This figure is below the ACT average.

(c) 2001-02

From 1 st July 2001 to 31 st June 2002 there were 75 cases of pertussis notified. This figure is below the ACT average.

* For year by year data, please see attachment 1.

* For further information on Pertussis, please see attachment 2.

A copy of the attachments is available at the Chamber Support Office.

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