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City of Westminster 1920

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bacteriological laboratory.
Examinations were made as follows:—
Swabbings from throats in suspected Diphtheria 331
Swabbings for suspected Gonorrhea 3
Blood in suspected Typhoid 3
Sputum for Tuberculosis 407
(226 of these specimens were sent from the Tuberculosis Dispensary).
The expenditure on the first three was £'19 7s. 5d., and for Tuberculosis
£54 4s. 6d.
Disinfection.
The number of articles treated was 56,797, of which 4,388 articles
were sent in by the military authorities or from hostels chiefly for
verminous conditions.
Average
1912-15.
1916.
1917
1918.
1919.
1920.[/###
Rooms
2,059
1,324
814
722
941
1,196
Articles disinfected
46,539
119,303
281,895
153,048
50,496
49,542
Articles washed
5,150
5,377
8,015
6,551
5,759
7,185
Articles destroyed
1,514
5,214
5,097
3,048
543
70
Books disinfected
654
1,593
12
4
77
42
Vehicles
7
1
1
1
2
5
The motor van during 1920 ran 3,335 miles on 309 days and carried
2,737 cwt. of goods, the highest amount in any one day being 150 cwt.
The consumption of petrol was 404 gallons.
Cleansitig of Persons.—The number of Westminster children suffering
from head and body lice treated at the cleansing station was 461, an
increase over the number in 1919. This is probably partly due to the
greater activity of the school nurses in sending cases to the Station at the
first signs of infestation, and to more stringent action where parents
persistently send their children to school in an unsatisfactory condition.
Head lice.
Body lice.
Scabies.
Total.
Children
440
21
99
560
Adults
6
66
16
88
446
87
115
648
The lice-affected children were all of school age, but 15 of the scabies
children were under that age. All the lice cases were dealt with at the
Station, but 43 of the scabies cases were treated at home.


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