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Plumstead 1894

Annual report of the Medical Officer of Health

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7. The following table shews the effect of Influenza on the death-rate in recent years:—

Deaths from Influenza094427357
„ Bronchitis and Pneumonia93136207176204124
„ Phthisis699511410011170
Total deaths—all causes (corrected)759923920849994736
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We see from this table that the deaths from Bronchitis and
Pneumonia and also those from Phthisis have increased and
diminished with the deaths from Influenza, and concluding that
the increase was due to Influenza, it would appear that last
year was the first since 1889 that the death-rate has not been
greatly swelled by Influenza, directly or indirectly.
8. The death-rate in East Plumstead was 12.6, but in West
Plumstead it was only 113.
9. Comparing the four quarters of the year (see Table II.)
the first or winter quarter had far the highest mortality, nearly
half the deaths from Bronchitis and Pneumonia occurring in
that quarter.
Infant Mortality.
10. The Infantile death-rate, i.e., the number of deaths under

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