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 Acton]
During June a Conference took place between a Local Government
Inspector, the Chairman of the Council, the Clerk, and myself, with
a view of ascertaining how far we were prepared to deal with cases of
Plague, should any cases crop up in the district.
It was feared that the return of so many soldiers from South Africa
might be a means of importing the disease to England. The following
points were discussed and arranged:—
1. The disease to be made notifiable under the Infectious Diseases
Notification Act. This was done, and all Medical Practitioners notified
to this effect.
2. In the event of any doubt as to diagnosis, the Local Government
Board will send down a Surgeon who has had special experience of the
disease in Hong Kong.
3. The cases would be isolated at once.
4. All contacts would be taken charge of in a special House which
the District Council have secured.
5. The rooms, &c., would be disinfected by formalin and chlorine.
6. Hafkines Inoculation could be used as a prophylactic for
those who come in contact with cases.
7. Visitation of Common Lodging Houses.
S. Warn all Hospitals.