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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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Nov. 8s.s. "Atsuta Maru " (Japanese) -Yokohama1Removed to Port Sanitary Hospital.
Dec. 4"Erne," of PlymouthDavis Straits1Removed to Hospital at Peterhead.
6Port Sanitary Hospital, Denton-1Removed to Port Sanitary Hospital.
16s.s. "Minnewaska," of Belfast, 124,674New York1Ditto.
18s.s. "Aeneas," of Liverpool, 131,305Brisbane1Ditto.
23s.s. " Moravian," of Aberdeen, 108,662Ditto1Ditto.
24s.s. "Galeka," of London, 110,265East London4Ditto.

On the 10th April, 1912, I received information that one of the passengers per
the s.s. "Perm," from Libau, which arrived in London on the 2nd April, had been
admitted to the City Hospital, Liverpool, on the 4th April ailing with an illness which
was subsequently diagnosed as Typhus Fever. I made enquiries and ascertained that,
with the exception of a family of nine persons, all the other passengers (transmigrants)
had left the country. The Medical Officer of Health of the districts to which the
passengers proceeded were informed of the facts, and the owners of the ships conveying
the transmigrants were also communicated with. The patient was incubating the
disease on arrival of the vessel, but it had not developed, and so could not be
This was the first case of Typhus Fever reported in the Port since the year 1903.

TABLE IX. (Typhus Fever.)

Date.Name of Vessel, Port of Registry and Official Number.Where from.No. of Cases.How dealt with.
1912. April 10s.s. "Perm," of CopenhagenLibau1Removed to Hospital at Liverpool.