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Edmonton 1905

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Edmonton]

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When the last case has recovered, disinfect the sick room
by washing everything you can with soap and hot water
containing some disinfectant; what you cannot wash should
be aired in the garden. Keep the windows freely open and take
care that the sick child's clothes are washed before returning
to school.
WHOOPING COUGH.
Whooping cough is also an extremely fatal disease
amongst young children, and every effort should be made to
protect them from this highly infectious complaint during the
early years of childhood, for the older they are when they
catch it, the less likely are they to die from it.
Deaths may be due to the disease itself or to its after
effects. In any case most deaths may be prevented by taking
care that the child does not "take cold " when suffering or
recovering from Whooping cough.
Whooping cough is very infectious even before the
Whoop, and remains so for six weeks at least.
Whooping cough usually begins like an ordinary feverish
cold. In a few days the child gets fits of severe coughing
following by vomiting and whooping.
To assist Recovery of Patient.—When you
suspect Whooping cough consult a medical man. Keep the
patient warmly clad and in a warm well-ventilated room apart
from other children for at least six weeks. Remember that
the patient requires pure air and warmth. The air of a dirty,
stuffy room poisons the lungs and is more dangerous than
cold or even draughts.
To prevent spread. Forbid your house to all
children and let none of your own go into anyone else's.
When the last case is free from infection, disinfect the
sick room by washing everything you possibly can with soap
and hot water containing some disinfectant. Put everything
you cannot wash to air outside for a day. Also keep the
windows of the room wide open for 3 days in succession.
Take special care that the sick child's clothes are washed
before it returns to school.


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