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Finsbury 1902

Report on the public health of 1902

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Section 65 provides for a penalty on persons ceasing to occupy premises
without disinfection or notice to owner or making false answer.
Section 68 prohibits the exposure of infected persons and tilings.
Section 69 prohibits infected persons from carrying on any occupation
likely to spread the disease.
Section 70 prohibits the conveyance of infected persons by public
Section 72 prohibits the retention of the body of a person who has died
of any dangerous infectious disease.
Section 73 provides for the body of a person who has died in hospital of
any dangerous infectious disease being removed only for burial.
Section 74 provides for the disinfection of a public conveyance which
has been used for conveying the body of a person who has died of
an infectious disease.
In reply to this enquiry, 10 of the Metropolitan Boroughs
expressed approval of placing Measles in the schedule of
dangerous infectious diseases, and the London County Council
adopted this arrangement on January 21st, 1903. The new
order is to come into force on or about April 1st, 1903. This
arrangement will give the Borough Council the powers set forth
above in cases of measles.
There are two further methods which might be adopted in the
Borough of Finsbury, viz:—First: To extend to all denominational
and private schools, as far as possible, the plan already in
vogue, by which Board School teachers inform the Medical
Officer of Health of any cases of Measles occurring among the
children in their schools. There can be no doubt that Measles is
spread directly by the agency of schools. From these data we
should know the time when it would be wise or necessary to
exclude certain children from school, to visit absentees, to deal
with infected houses, or to close schools, especially Infants'
Departments. This method has been put into practice, with
considerable success, by a large number of Sanitary Authorities.
The idea is prevalent in some quarters that the closure of
schools is of little avail in the prevention of epidemics, because
if children are not in schools they are playing about together in

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