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Hornchurch 1958

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Hornchurch]

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Management Committee in respect of Harold Wood and Harold Court
Hospitals regarding the testing of their milk supplies noted in last year's
report continues.
School Canteens.
The last few months of the year provided a 'waiting period' for the
Education Authorities views on your proposals (concerning outstanding
items) to be available.
Practically any legislation, is open to diverse interpretation but an
agreed standard (possible only after consultation) initially devised and
securing subsequent adherence is the only firm basis for progress. Conversely
the absence of such a standard retards progress. The seeming
division of responsibility for 'old' and 'new' schools also militates
against uniformity of approach and action. It is, however, my hope (to
put it no higher) that all the schools in the district will have a satisfactorily
high standard of hygiene in their canteens and to this end the close cooperation
of the local Education Authority is indispensable.
Shellfish.
A variety of samples was taken and the results in general were satisfactory.
This remains a food in respect of which the closest supervision
must be maintained in view of the contamination possibilities present.

SECTION F.

PREVALENCE OF AND CONTROL OVER INFECTIOUS AND OTHER NOTIFIABLE DISEASES

DiseaseTotal cases notifiedNo. of Cases hospitalised
Meningococcal Infection55
Dysentery41
Erysipelas181
Food Poisoning146
Infective Hepatitis80
Measles2451
Ophthalmia Neonatorum30
Pneumonia271
Poliomyelitis-
Paralytic22
Non-paralytic88
Puerperal Pyrexia32
Scarlet Fever1293
Whooping Cough305
Malaria (contracted abroad)32
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The year generally has been a very satisfactory one.
Our outlook towards notifiable disease has altered greatly with time
due to the progress in sanitary engineering, housing, public education and


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