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Hackney 1908

Report on the sanitary condition of the Hackney District for the year 1908

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amongst their scholars or at the homes of scholars. In each of
these cases a leaflet on the prevention of the spread of measles was
despatched to the parent.
Whooping Cough.—There were 42 deaths from whooping
cough in Hackney during 1908. This is a decline of 23 upon the
number which occurred during 1907. The mortality rate for 1908
from this disease is, therefore, 18 per 1,000 living persons.
The death rate for all London for the same period is .20 per
1,000 living.

The following shows the distribution of the deaths from whooping cough in the Borough :—

Sub-districts.North.Central.South-West.South-East.
No. of Deaths from Whooping Cough.791412
Mortality rate per 1,000 living..13.16.22.20
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During the year information was received from the headmasters
of elementary schools in the Borough of the existence of 357 cases
of whooping cough at the homes of their scholars. In each of
these cases a leaflet on the prevention of the spread of whooping
cough was despatched to the parent.
CONSTITUTIONAL DISEASES.
Tuberculosis.—During the year 1908 there were 102 cases of
pulmonary phthisis voluntarily notified by medical practitioners
practising in the Borough. This is a decline of 55 upon the
number notified during 1907. Bateriological examination of sputa
from 92 suspected cases was made during the same period. In 14
of these cases the examination revealed the presence of the bacillus
of tuberculosis, and in the remaining cases the results were negative.


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