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Islington 1861

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Islington, Parish of St Mary]

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FOR JUNE, 1861.
No. LI.
The deaths registered in five weeks, ending June 29th, were 243, a
number which also represents the average deaths in June for five years
previously, when augmented for comparison with those occurring
among our greatly-increased population.
The deaths from hooping-cough have fallen from 28 in four weeks
to 13 in five weeks, a diminution which, on comparing Tables I. and
II., appears due rather to diminished fatality than to a lessening of the
number of cases of this disease. Hooping-cough has been the prevalent
disease among young children for 10 months.
As usual in this month we begin to perceive the approaches of
summer diarrhœa; five deaths from this disease, one from dysentery,
and one from choloraic diarrhœa, have been registered. The public
might keep this summer tendency greatly in check if they would
observe scrupulous cleanliness about their habitations, removing from
within and without all offensive matters and decomposing accumulations,
having their house drains flushed, and consuming only such

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