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Croydon 1894

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Croydon]

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Only one more case occurred, soon after this boy was isolated,
but doubtless others would have arisen from this hidden one,
had no examination been made.
Diphtheria and Membranous Group.—The prevalence of
diphtheria has been one of the features of 1894. Sixty four
cases (including one of membranous croup) were notified from
37 houses. Special reports, dealing in detail with the prevalence
of this disease, have been laid before the Sanitary Authority and
the Council, and therefore it will only be necessary to record
here the salient points.
The monthly incidence of the disease is shown in the following
table.

Table H.—Cases of diphtheria notified in 1894.

Mitcham.Merton.Other parts of District.Total.
Cases.Houses InfectedCases.Houses InfectedCases.Houses InfectedCases.Houses Infected
January211132
February961*1107
March1*14354
April166168
May4226
June3333
July111122
August411152
September221133
October
November4141
December542175
Total502565876437
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The number of deaths was 21, including one from membranous
croup, giving a case-mortality of 32.8 per cent. All
the fatal cases occurred in Mitcham and Merton, the casemortality
being 37½ per cent. for those parishes.
* These two houses closely adjoin Mitcham parish.


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