Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
Annual report of the Medical Officer of Health for the year 1927
the case of diphtheria, children of 5 and 6 years of age were the chief sufferers.
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As regards the season, scarlet fever prevailed all
the year round with a slight increase in the number of
cases during the last quarter of the year.
Puerperal Pyrexia.—Puerperal Pyrexia is defined in
the Public Health (Notification of Puerperal Fever and
Puerperal Pyrexia) Regulations, 1926, as " any febrile
condition, other than a condition which is required to
be notified under the Infectious Diseases (Notification)
Acts, occurring in a woman within twenty-one days
after childbirth or miscarriage in which a temperature
of 100.4° Fahrenheit (38° Centigrade) or more has been
sustained during a period of twenty-four hours or has
recurred during that period."
Twenty-eight cases were notified under the Regulations
in 1927. The Regulations only came into operation
on 1st October, 1926, and twelve cases were
notified during the remaining three months of that
Puerperal Fever (Puerperal Sepsis).—Sixteen cases
were notified during 1927, compared with 15, 21, 26
and 32 during the four preceding years. The incidence