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Islington 1861

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

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REPORT
on the
SANITARY CONDITION OP SAINT MARY, ISLINGTON
FOR NOVEMBER, 1861.
No. LVI.
The mortality registered during the month has been about the
average. The deaths amounted to 215; the mean of the previous
five years corrected for increased population being 216. In the three
last Novembers they were severally 231, 232 and 226.
The diseases forming the zymotic class were altogether less fatal than
they were in October, and especially those were so which most
depended for their severity upon causes of local miasma. Scarlet Fever
however, has shown but little abatement in its fatality. It has been
the chief cause of death among these maladies. It was fatal during
the month to 25 persons, of whom two were adults: in October the
registered deaths from scarlet fever were 28. The weekly deaths were
5,6,9,5. The weekly cases of scarlet fever at the two Dispensaries,
with those entered in the books of the Parochial Surgeons, were
16,9,13,8. The disease has been most prevalent in the southern half of
the parish; the wards which have chiefly suffered being Thornhill,
Barnsbury, St. Peter's, and St. Mary's. Milton's Yard and the Irish
courts by the Turnpike, with their neighbourhoods, are those which
have been suffering most severely. In consequence of its spreading
through the medium of a school near the Irish courts, I thought it
proper to recommend the dispersal of the children, and I communicated
with the authorities of other schools in the locality, warning them to be
careful how they received or retained children from infected families
and houses.


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