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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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Date.Name of Vessel, Port of Registry, and Official Number.Where from.No of Cases.How dealt with.
Jan. 19s.s. "Washington," of West Hartlepool, 124,342.Busreh1Died and body buried at Busreh.
Nov. 17s.s. " Umona," of London, 129,142Bombay Total1Removed to Hospital at Middlesbrough.

One case of this disease was reported. It occurred on a vessel during the
homeward voyage, the body being removed and buried at Busreh. A suspicious case
occurred on a vessel at Middlesbrough, but this subsequently proved not to be Cholera.
The following are notes of these cases:—
The s.s. "Washington," of West Hartlepool, 124,342, arrived at Gravesend on
the 19th January, 1912, from Busreh, when it was ascertained that a case of Cholera
had occurred on board. The patient (a fireman) became ill with diarrhoea and vomiting
on the 27th January. He died the same day, and was buried ashore at Busreh. The
vessel and effects were fumigated at Busreh, and again on arrival at Suez. On arrival
at Gravesend all were found to be well on board.
The s.s. "Umona," of London, 129,142, left Bombay on the 8th October, and
calling at Suez, Port Said, Malta and Portland, arrived at Middlesbrough on the
5th November. On the 14th November, a native fireman was taken ill with diarrhoea
and sickness, and was removed by the Port Sanitary Authority there. The vessel left
Middlesbrough on the 16th November, and arrived at Gravesend on the 17th. On
medical inspection all were found well on board. The vessel was kept under daily
observation while in the Port. On the 20th November, I received information from
the Local Government Board that the result of the bacteriological examination in this
case was " negative " as regards Cholera.
This disease has been prevalent in South America, especially Mexico, Brazil,
Chile, Columbia and Ecuador, and a few cases also occurred in the West Indies and on
the West Coast of Africa.
No case of Yellow Fever was reported on any vessel arriving in the Port during
the year.
Plague has been prevalent in India but not to the same extent as in former
years. Several cases occurred in the Straits Settlements and in the Federal Malay
States. The disease was prevalent in China, many cases occurring at Hong Kong and