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Strand (Westminster) 1898

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Strand District, London]

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the strand district, i/1ndon.
Cleansing of Persons Act.—There have been no applications.
Certificates of freedom from Infection have been granted during
1898 in respect of 19 houses, chiefly with regard to children who
are being sent to the country by the Children's Country Holiday
Fund. It would be well if other agencies, before sending children
away, were to ascertain that there was no danger of conveying
infection to the districts whither the children were to be sent.
Through negligence in this respect, the infection of Scarlet Fever
was conveyed to a house in one of the southern counties, where a
resident of St. Anne's Parish was staying with her little girl,
who became infected and eventually died. The Essex County
Council, having had several outbreaks of Measles and Scarlet
Fever introduced in this way, have asked the Local Government
Board to include in any future Public Health Bill clauses requiring
notification to the local authority of the intention of
anyone to send children to the country in this way, and making
the parent or guardian of any child so sent and developing an
infectious ailment responsible, unless he can show that he was not
only unaware that the child was so suffering, but had taken
reasonable means to ascertain that such was not the case.
Mortuaries in the District.

During the year, the number of dead bodies received into the mortuaries in the Strand District were as follows:—

1898.Total number of Bodies.After Infectious Disease.Post.mortem examinations made.
Strand Mortuary5320
St. Anne's ,,1816

Sanitary Work.
The following list summarises the work carried, out under the
supervision of the Department during the year.