Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Romford RDC]
general practice being to remove all cases notified, where such cases
occurred in thickly populated localities, and where isolation could not be
safely conducted at home.
Enterio Fever.—10 cases were notified.
Diphtheria—76 cases of this disease ooourred, 43 of which
occurred in the parish of Hornohurch, not in the Village itself, which
was very free from infectious disease of any kind, but in the outlying
parts of the parish, Harold Wood and South Hornchurch, where I
found that the attendance of a child at school with an unrecognized sore
throat was followed by the occurrence of cases of Diphtheria amongst
children attending the same classroom. In these instances closure of the
school for a brief period checked the further extension of the disease.
In other outlying parts of this parish, abutting on and really forming
part of the town of Romford, cases occurred, the majority of which were
associated with local sanitary defects which were remedied.
The subjoined table shows the degree in which infectious disease
prevailed in the various parishes of the distriot.
Infautile Diarrhoea prevailed extensively in the district during the
very hot weather of 1906. The mortality from this disease in children
under one year of age, being 1.6 per 1,000 of the population. A special
report on this was made to the Council, by order of the Local Government
I attributed this unsual prevalence to the bacteriological changes undergone by the milk, owing to the extremely hot weather of that period of the year.
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