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Bermondsey 1915

Report on the sanitary condition of the Borough of Bermondsey for the year 1915

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idea being rather to reduce the case mortality than to prevent its
spread. Whether the results of this plan will justify the outlay
only time will tell, and I hope to make a further report on the
matter next year.
Enteric Fever,
21 cases of enteric fever were notified, being 11 for Bermondsey,
8 for Rotherhithe, and 2 for St. Olave. 4 cases were returned as
not suffering, making an actual total of 17. The total number of
cases notified in the previous year was 8.
Puerperal Fever.
7 cases of puerperal fever were notified. There were 2 deaths.
Membranous Croup.
No notification of this disease was received during the year
under report.
Chicken Pox was notifiable between April 7th and June 30th,
1915, during which 141 cases were notified.
Ophthalmia Neonatorum.
There were 13 cases of this disease notified during the year.
Under this heading is included every kind of "sore eyes"
occurring in the newly born.' They were all visited by the Health
Visitors, who instructed them to immediately seek medical advice.
Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis.
19 cases of this disease were notified.
Cerebro-spinal Meningitis, known as spotted fever, is an acute
disease due to a micro-organism known as the meningo-coccus,
because it causes acute inflammation of the membranes covering
the brain and spinal cord. It is a very fatal disease and if the
patient recovers, he is liable to be afflicted with deafness and blindneĊ›s
and various nervous symptoms.