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Finsbury 1937

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Finsbury Borough]

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Chicken-pox, Mumps and German Measles.

These cases are only admitted to the isolation hospitals in exceptional circumstances.

The admissions last year were:—
German measles37

No case of anthrax was notified last year.
Notification was received from the police of the distribution
of cat's meat suspected to have been derived from an animal
infected with anthrax, to retailers of such food in London, including
a stallholder in one of the market streets in Finsbury.
Immediate investigations were made, and the suspected meat
was taken from the stall, together with the scales and weights,
knives, board, etc.
The meat was destroyed in the incinerator, and the other
articles disinfected by steam.
No spread of the disease to any animals or human beings was
discovered or reported.
Typhus Fever, Glanders, Hydrophobia, Acute Poliomyelitis.
No case of these diseases was notified in 1937.
Cerebro Spinal Meningitis.
Two cases were notified in 1937; both were removed to
solation hospital where one died soon after admission. The second
case recovered and is now in apparently good health.
Acute Primary Pneumonia.
Seventy-nine cases of acute primary pneumonia and 19 of
influenzal pneumonia were notified in 1937.
In 24 cases of pneumonia in necessitous families the
Borough Council provided a nurse; to these cases the nurses paid
450 visits.
Influenza is not a notifiable disease; 20 deaths were ascribed
to influenza last year.