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Islington 1896

Forty-first annual report on the health and sanitary condition of the Parish of St. Mary, Islington

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The deaths from the several diseases since 1893, together with the deaths and death-rates in 1896, were as follows:—

1893.Deaths.1894.Deaths.1895. Deaths.1896.
Small Pox21110.00
Scarlet Fever192319170.16
Whooping Cough504416870.86
Typhus Fever11
Enteric Fever1779130.12

In the preceding three years the death-rate from these diseases
averaged 2.36 per 1,000. The death-rate from Diphtheria was almost
identical with that which prevailed in South-west Islington, where it
amounted to 0.86 per 1,000 inhabitants.
South-west Islington.
The returns gave 379 deaths, which is an increase on each of the
three preceding years, in which there were respectively registered 239,
322 and 340 deaths. The death-rate for the year was 3.46 per 1,000 of
the district population. Here, also, Measles, Diphtheria and Whooping
Cough were the diseases which caused the increase. The first mentioned
ailment was especially fatal, causing no less than 141 deaths, or a deathrate
of l.29 per 1,000 of the population; a rate which was almost twice
that of any other sub-district. Diphtheria was also in excess, the
number of deaths being 95, and the death-rate 086, which is just a
small fraction higher than that which prevailed in Upper Holloway.
The several diseases and the resulting death-rates during 1896,
together with the deaths during the preceding three years, were as