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Port of London 1912

Report for the year ended 31st December 1912 of the Medical Officer of Health for the Port of London

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TABLE IV.

Return of the Number of Cases of Infectious Disease Notified to the Local Government Board during the Year 1912, and of Deaths from the Diseases Notified : —

Notified.Deaths.
Small-pox3...
Scarlatina or Scarlet Fever1...
Diphtheria (including Membranous Croup)30...
Typhus Fever......
Enteric or Typhoid Fever321
Continued Fever6...
Relapsing Fever......
Puerperal Fever......
Cholera......
Erysipelas2...
Plague (suspected)1...
Measles461
Chicken-pox9...
Pulmonary Tuberculosis16...
Remittent Fever1...
1472
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NOTIFICATIONS OF NAMES AND ADDRESSES DURING THE YEAR.
Passengers 162
Crews 401
Total 563
Not traced 3 passengers.
INFECTIOUS DISEASE.
The total number of cases of Infectious Disease reported during the year was 343,
of which 80 were treated in the Port Sanitary Hospital, the remainder going to other
Institutions. The table includes for the first time Pulmonary Tuberculosis, which
is now notifiable (see pp. 42-43). Of this disease, 71 cases were notified during the year.
There were 61 cases of Enteric Fever, the same number of cases of Measles reported,
and 34 cases of Small-pox, principally occurring on vessels during the homeward voyage
from the East. There were 37 cases of Diphtheria ; 10 cases of Scarlet Fever ; while
one case of that now uncommon disease—Typhus Fever— was reported. The cases of
Diphtheria were principally reported from the Training Ships in the River.
With regard to Small-pox, only two cases were removed on arrival ; in the other
cases the patients had already been removed at some station on the homeward voyage.
Table IV. shows that of the total number of cases of Infectious Disease
reported, 147 were notified to the Local Government Board, and the number represents
those cases which arrived or occurred in the Port, as distinct from those on vessels
during the voyage.


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