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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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against an annual rate of 10.2, which prevailed in the quinquennial
period, 1891-95.

The previous returns were:—

18912,063= 6.4 per 1,000 inhabitants.
18923,320= 10.3 ,, ,,
18934,853= 14.8 ,, ,,
18943,123= 9.4 ,, ,,
18952,840= 8.5 „ „
1891-95 (mean)3,240= 9.9 ,, ,,
18963,882= 11.15 ,, ,,

Fifty notifications of Small Pox were made during the year of
which 49 proved to be genuine cases. With the exception of April,
October, November and December, cases occurred in every month.
In the First Quarter, 12 cases were notified, of which 7 occurred in
Upper Holloway, 1 in South-west Islington, and 4 in Highbury. No
case was known in South-east Islington. One of the patients was an
infant who was born in the Highgate Hospital for Small Pox, whither
the mother of the child had been removed from another district
for treatment.
In the Second Quarter, towards the end of May, two cases of Small
Pox were notified. These were followed by 16 others during June,
making a total of 18 cases. They were practically confined to the
Upper Holloway Sub-district, for, with one exception, all the cases
occurred there.
The first case was that of a lad 15 years old, a hawker of bootlaces,
living at a common lodging house, 11, Queensland Road. The source of