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Strand (Westminster) 1898

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

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must be carefully washed before being used by others. The remains
of food left by a consumptive person ought not to be used by the
A consumptive person ought to have a separate bed, and if
possible a separate room.
No consumptive ought to kiss or be kissed, except on the cheek
or brow.
No consumptive mother should suckle her child.
General Precautions.
All sleeping and other rooms used by a consumptive person
should be well lighted and well ventilated.
Consumptive persons can scarcely have too much fresh air.
Windows of rooms occupied by them should be open top and
bottom, both night and day, a screen being arranged, if necessary,
to prevent direct draught.
Domestic cleanliness is of the first importance.
In cleaning rooms occupied by consumptives, damp dusters
should be used, and tea-leaves or damp sawdust used in sweeping,
so as to prevent dust flying about the room. Boil the dusters ; burn
the tea-leaves and sawdust.
Booms which have been occupied by consumptives should be
disinfected, thoroughly cleansed, scrubbed, whitewashed, papered or
painted before they are again occupied. Carpets, rugs, bedding,
clothing, &c., should be disinfected as after other infectious diseases.
Cows frequently suffer from Tubercular disease, and milk from
such cows, especially when the udder is affected, contains the germs
and thus disease may be communicated to children. Boiling the
milk, even for a minute, effectually destroys any of these germs
which may be in it.
All milk should therefore be boiled before being drunk.