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City of Westminster 1932

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Westminster, City of]

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Disinfection.—Disinfection of rooms from which patients suffering from
notifiable infectious disease have been removed is carried out by means of
the formaldehyde spray. For other non-notifiable infectious conditions
disinfection is carried out on request, and a charge is made according to
the circumstances of the case.
Bedding and wearing apparel are removed to the Disinfecting
Station, and are there submitted to steam disinfection. Books are
treated with formalin.
The cleansing of persons and disinfection of clothing, etc., in a
verminous state are carried out by the Disinfecting Staff. Visits were
paid to 150 houses, and 10,521 articles of clothing, bedding, etc., were
removed for disinfection. Individuals, numbering 413 men and 38
women, and 14 children under school age, were given medicated baths at
the Disinfecting Station, making 535 attendances.
Notices from the London County Council in regard to school children
affected with vermin numbered 51. The Disinfecting Foreman and
the Sanitary Inspectors paid 127 visits of investigation to their homes.
By agreement with the London County Council, arrangements are in
force for the treatment at the Westminster Disinfecting Station of school
children from the boroughs of Battersea, Chelsea, Holborn, Kensington,
Lambeth, St. Pancras, St. Marylebone, Fulham, and Stoks Newington.
Among Westminster school children 542 cases of head lice, 1 case of
body lice, and 50 of scabies were treated. In all these cases, the clothing
was disinfected, together with the bedding from their homes, amounting
in all to 1,462 articles. Children from the above-mentioned boroughs
treated for similar conditions were as follows: 216 for head lice,
and 19 for scabies. The number of attendances of these children for
baths at the station was 1,069.

The following table shows the total number of individuals treated at the station for verminous conditions:—

1932.Head lice.Body lice.Scabies.Total.
Children (including those under school age).759182842
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