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Acton 1947

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Acton]

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Diseases of Animals.
During the early Summer, Fowl Pest became prevalent in the
country generally, and 3 cases were confirmed within the Borough.
Precautions as to disinfection of premises and slaughter of
poultry were taken and thus the spread of the disease prevented.
On one occasion only Acton was included in "an infected area"
Order on account of Foot and Mouth Disease, and 114 licences
authorising the movement of animals were granted.
Slaughterhouses.
The Slaughterhouses, in Atlas Road and Hanbury Road have
been in commission throughout the year, and the carcase and offal
of every animal slaughtered have been examined as to their fitness
for human food. The demand for horseflesh for human food is
sustained, there being a further increase in the number of horses
slaughtered during the year as compared with 1946. The incidence
of Tuberculosis in Pigs is a little higher than in previous years as
will be noted from the figures below. No case of Tuberculosis in
Horses was noted during the year.

TOTAL NUMBER OF ALL CARCASES INSPECTED DURING 1947. WITH DETAILS OF SURRENDERS ON ACCOUNT OF DISEASE.

Pigs.Horses.
(1) Number killed50,8516,121
(2) Number inspected50,8516,121
(3) All diseases except T.B. Whole carcases condemned288
Carcases of which some part or organ was condemned1,529641
Percentage of number inspected affected with disease other than T.B.3.08%10.62%
(4) T.B. only:— Whole carcases condemned51-
Carcases of which some part or organ was condemned1,658-
Percentage of number inspected affected with T.B.3.38%-
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(5) Total weight of meat and offal surrendered :—
Pigs—17 tons, 17 cwt. 2 qrs. 27 lbs.
Horses—7 tons, 1 qr. 231bs.


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