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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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In the fourth quarters its severity had increased in St. Pancras, so
that the death-rate rose to 2.70 per 1,000, while in Clerkenwell the
unusual rate of 4.16 was recorded. In Hackney, too, the death-rate
further rose to 0.78. The other districts, however, showed a decreased
The advent of the first quarter of 1896, saw the disease still
prevalent in St. Pancras (0.94), in Clerkenwell (1.75), in St. Luke
(0.87), and in Shoreditch (1.64). ft was then that Measles assumed a
fatal aspect in Islington, and the death-rate which in the three preceding
quarters had been 0.49, 0.59 and 0.42 respectively, jumped to
2.00 per 1,000 inhabitants.
With the beginning of May in the second quarter the disease in
the Parish began to decline, so that the death-rate fell to 0 99, which
was exactly the same rate as that of the Encircling Districts, but lower
than the individual rates of Hackney, Clerkenwell, St. Luke and
Shoreditch. In the September quarter the death-rate fell to 0.29,
and in the last quarter of the year it was as low as 0.09 per 1,000
In the following Tables the course of the disease is shown for the
two years in which it was prevalent in the districts around Islington.

Table XXXI. Showing the death-rates from Measles in the Encircling Districts in the several quarters of 1895.

Districts.1st Quarter.2nd Quarter.3rd Quarter.4th Quarter,1895.
St. Pancras0.130.110.852.700.95
Stoke Newington0.120 .480.480.21
St. Luke0.092.696.810.672.55
The Above Districts0.220.631.121.610.90