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City of Westminster 1938

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

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Disinfection.—Disinfection of rooms in cases of notifiable infectious
disease is carried out free of charge, the method employed being the
formaldehyde spray. Bedding and wearing apparel are removed to the
disinfecting station for treatment by steam disinfection. Books are
treated with formalin.
For non-notifiable infectious and other conditions disinfection is
carried out on request, and a charge is made according to the circumstances
of the case.
Cleansing of Persons.—This treatment is carried out at the Council's
Disinfecting Station. Individuals, numbering 329 men, 81 women, and
20 children (under school age), were cleansed, making 668 attendances.
and 11,388 articles of clothing, bedding, &c., were disinfected. Visits
to premises numbered 111.
Cleansing of School Children.—Under an agreement with the London
County Council, school children from the boroughs of Battersea, Chelsea,
Fulham, Kensington, Lambeth and Wandsworth attended for treatment
at the disinfecting station.
Among Westminster school children 392 cases of head lice, 2 of body
lice, and 60 of scabies were treated. In all cases the clothing was
disinfected, together with the bedding from their homes, amounting in
all to 1,770 articles. Children from the above-mentioned boroughs treated
for similar conditions were as follows : 74 for head lice and 20 for scabies.
Articles of clothing disinfected numbered 570. The total number of
attendances of school children for baths at the disinfecting station was
1,120. Notices from the London County Council in respect of verminous
children numbered 48 and 60 visits of inspection were paid to the families
The following table shows the number of individuals who received

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