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Acton 1899

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Acton]

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INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND THE MEASURES TAKEN
TO PREVENT THEIR SPREAD.
It will be seen from the following table that 239 notification
certificates of Infectious Illness were received from medical practitioners,
as against 234 during the preceding year.
In most instances disinfection was performed by the Sanitary
Authority, and in other cases by the householders, to the satisfaction of
their medical attendant. A visit was paid to every house; thus, apart
from the measures that have been taken to prevent the spread of
infectious illness, the notification of such illness was the means during
the year of bringing about a sanitary inspection of various premises.

The following table gives the number reported each year since the Act came into force.

1890189118921893189418951896189718981899
Small Pox1372
Scarlet Fever1086374192866719393167111
Diphtheria1482741223223893549
Membranous Croup41314
Typhoid Fever1313151915281410946
Continued Fever1
Puerperal Fever1121331
Erysipelas22183777413126252231
162102180340167161259221234239
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DISINFECTION.
The employment of sulphurous acid for the surface disinfection of
rooms is still employed, but I take this opportunity of informing you
that I shall shortly advise the use of Formic Aldehyde. There are no
greater difficulties or inconveniences attending its use than those which
apply to the use of Sulphurous Acid, and it possesses the great
advantages that it is more certain in its disinfectant action and does not
injure any article of furniture or ornamentation exposed to it.
All bedding &c. is disinfected by super-heated steam as before.


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