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St Pancras 1904

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for St. Pancras, London, Borough of]

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Dissemination of Small-pox through the workplace.—The following interesting sequence of infection through persons working in the same place, which occurred in the earlier half of the year.

is an work-

Name.Sex and Age.Residence.Occupation and Workplace.Fell ill.Rash appearedRemoved to Hospital.
T. J. C.M. 32 yrs.Great Wild Street, St. Giles'Unloading return papers, early morning, King's Cross Station. During the day brass finisher at workshop in Euston Road8 Ap.9 Ap.11 Ap.
J. N.M. 36 yrs.Huntingdon Street, IslingtonSame workshop18 Ap.**
J. N.F. 33 yrs.Same address wife of above3 May5 May8 May
F. B.M. 33 yrs.North Street, FinsburySame workshop7 May10 May10 May

* Away from work a week with Influenza, had 4 spots on him, and was
vaccinated without result.
This comparatively benign but very infectious disease is prevalent at
the same season of the year when Small-pox is prevalent, and gives rise
to alarm. Amongst foreigners engaged in the making of clothing, Chickenpox
invading the children of their families does not disconcert them, and,
when not a notifiable disease, is especially liable to be spread without any
knowledge of its source. The disease was made notifiable for four months
during the year dating from the 8th April, and ceased to be notifiable on
the 8th August.
During the months of August and September a number of cases of Enteric
Fever occurred in the neighbourhood of Ferdinand Place. In spite of very
detailed inquiry, it was found impossible to limit the prevalence to any one
Personal infection was a considerable factor in the spread of the disease, as
in five families in the same number of houses the first cases, spread over some
weeks, did not attract particular attention, and were nursed at home without