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Leyton 1903

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Leyton]

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Three cases were notified during the year in the Leyton Ward.
On April 18th the sufferer was a man employed by one of the London
daily papers, and whose duty had been the taking of a religious
census in the Hackney District and in visiting newsagents all over
The second case was that of his father-in-law, residing in the
same house.
The third case was notified on July 12th, and was that of a
female, aged 28. In her case no trace could be obtained of source of
infection. She had not visited anybody or been visited by anybody
for some time previous. She was living with her husband and five
children, but owing to the prompt measures taken and the revaccination
of the family the disease did not spread.
The above Act, which came into operation in 1902—3, has
placed increased duties upon the Council.
In case of Factories it specially places the duty of enforcing the
provisions, as regards the providing of proper means of escape in case
of fire on the Council, who have instructed their Surveyor to carry out
this portion of the Act; and, under the provision of Section 22 of the
Public Health Amendment Act, 1890, the Council have power to
enforce the provision of suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences
and separate accommodation for the sexes.
The portion of the Act referring to the above is dealt with by the
Public Health Department.
The number of Workshops on our Register is 97.
The above premises, also the homes of 143 Outworkers, have
been visited during the year and inspected as to their sanitary
condition, special attention being given to the cleanliness of the workrooms,
the prevention of overcrowding and the condition of the
sanitary arrangements.
In 31 cases overcrowding and filthy conditions were found to
exist, and in 33 instances sanitary defects found.
Notices have been served on the owners or occupiers and the
nuisances abated.