Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]
Annual Report of the London County Council, 1912.
Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutlandshire, Shropshire, Somersetshire, Staffordshire
Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire and Yorkshire, and from Ireland and
Wales; the samples were taken principally from churns at stations of the Great Western, the Great
Eastern, the Great Northern, the Great Central, the Midland, the Metropolitan, the London, Brighton
and South Coast, the London and North-Western, the London and South-Western, the North London,
and the South-Eastern, Chatham and Dover Railway Companies.
The following table shows the number of samples taken during the year under review, the counties from which they were derived, and the results of bacteriological examination at the Lister Institute.
|County.||No. of samples taken from churns for examination.||No. of samples found to be tuberculous.||No. of samples found not to be tuberculous.||No. of samples the examination of which was not completed owing to accident and other causes.|
This table shows that out of 2,885 completed examinations of samples taken from churns consigned
to London, 241 proved to be tuberculous, i.e., 8.4 per cent. Some of the samples were
derived from churns containing milk from more than one farm.
The last annual report gave a similar account of 2,877 samples of milk examined during the
year 1911, of which 298, or 10'4 per cent., were found to be tuberculous.