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Islington 1960

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

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Bacteriological Examinations

All specimens for bacteriological examination dealt with through the Department are submitted to the Public Health Laboratory Service, County Hall, S.E.1.

Examinations carried out
Swabs (Diphtheria)315
Sputum (Tuberculosis)16
Faeces (Enteric Fever)132
Blood (Enteric Fever)
Faeces (Food Poisoning)436
Food (Food poisoning)17
Faeces (Dysentery)5,196
Faeces (Poliomyelitis)116
Swabs (Streptococci)47
Swabs (Pertussis)
Swabs (Influenza)
Smears (Variola)1
Scrapings (Variola)
Other Specimens45

(I am indebted to Dr. Wilfrid G. Harding, Divisional Medical Officer, London County
Council, for the 1960 figures in connection with vaccination, diphtheria and whooping cough
inoculations, and chest clinics).