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Hornchurch 1956

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Hornchurch]

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Infectious and Other Notifiable Diseases, 1956.

DiseaseTotal eases notifiedNo. of Cases hospitalised
Dysentery3410
Encephalitis (post-infectious)11
Erysipelas184
Food Poisoning234
Infective Hepatitis337
Measles6308
Meningococcal infection11
Ophthalmia Neonatorum30
Paratyphoid Fever22
Pneumonia184
Poliomyelitis—
Paralytic88
Non-paralytic54
Scarlet Fever1675
Whooping Cough2989
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It is interesting to note that in 1936 there were 6 deaths from
Diphtheria; 4 male and 2 female, and in 1926, with an estimated population
of 11,370, 1 death from Diphtheria; in 1946 46 respiratory and 5
other tuberculosis notifications; in 1936 the corresponding figures were
31 and 5 and in 1926 from a smaller population 20 and 5; in 1936 and
1926 each show 3 deaths from Measles.
As compared to the present day these are illuminating figures.
Poliomyelitis
Paralytic:.
It is relatively satisfactory to see that during the year only some
13 cases were notified in this district although the ratio of paralytic to
non-paralytic has not been of an equally good order.
In all 8 paralytic and 5 non-paralytic cases were notified. The
paralytic cases comprised 5 males aged 29, 18, 15 and 2 years and 3
females aged 10, 7 and 4. The hospital stay varied from 128 days to
21 days.
The lower limb was attacked in 5 instances, the upper limb in one
and both upper and lower in 2.
The cases occurred as follows:—
January 1
February 1
August 2
September 1
November 2
December 1
Follow-up of paralytic cases:
Of the 8 paralytic cases, three appear to have recovered completely;
1 is still in hospital; 3 attend hospital once a week and 1 attends hospital
three times a week.


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