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Enfield 1914

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Enfield]

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ENFIELD URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.
Important Public Notice and Warning as to
SUMMER DIARRHŒA.
This is a serious infectious disease which usually prevails in July,
August and September, causing much preventable suffering
and loss of life among infants.
Precautionary Measures.
1.—All food should be stored in a clean cool place, and protected
from flies and dust. (Flies carry the seeds of disease and
deposit them on milk and other foods).
2.—Milk should be boiled shortly before use in hot weather.
3.—No stale or unwholesome food, unripe or over-ripe fruit
should be eaten.
4.—Where the drinking water is open to suspicion it should be
boiled before use.
Personal cleanliness is important. Babies and their clothing
should be kept specially clean. Do not give them dirty toys nor
allow them to play in dirty places.
Household cleanliness is also necessary. Give extra attention
to the living-room floor, pantry, sink, and utensils for food. Baby's
feeding bottle and teat require scrupulous cleaning every time they
are used. Ventilate the house well day and night.
The yard and outside premises should be kept clean and free
from rubbish. Drains should be flushed with water. Foul ashpits
and privies or other nuisances should be reported.
Animal and vegetable refuse should be burned. Dirty water
should not be thrown on to the yard or street, and slops should
never be put into the ash place.
If a child gets diarrhoea, send for a doctor, summer diarrhoea is
rapidly fatal in young children.
URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL OF ENFIELD.
SUMMER DIARRHŒA AND FLIES.
Hundreds of babies die every year from Summer Diarrhoea.
This disease comes on suddenly, accompanied by vomiting and
baby rapidly becomes worse, very often in spite of medical attention.
It is therefore much more important to prevent Summer Diarrhoea
from coming than to endeavour to cure it after the patient is
attacked.


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