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Edmonton 1912

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Edmonton]

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There has been a; gradual improvement in this matter in the last
four years, as will be seen by the following table.

TABLE XIV.

PERCENTAGES OF CHILDREN INFECTED WITH BODY LICE.

1909191019111912
Boys3.63.62.31.9
Girls4.75.73.42.5
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Children found with body lice are excluded from school at once
under Article 53 (b) of the Code. These children are discovered and
excluded at medical inspection, by periodical visits of the School Nurse
to the schools, or by the teachers. Children who are frequently excluded
for this cause are dealt with under Attendance By-laws.
The number of cases dealt with, and the result of action taken
during the past year was as follows:—

TABLE XV.

Number of Summons.First.Second.Third.Fourth.Fifth.Sixth.Seventh.
No. of Cases2813126321
Attendance order made8------
Fines under 5/-173-
Fines of 5/- and over399531-
Sent to Truant School-1-----
Withdrawn or adjourned3111*
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*This child was removed to Poor Law School owing to mother being in prison.
HEAD LICE.—The number of children found to have head lice
was 16, including one boy and fifteen girls, the percentage for boys being
negligable, and for girls, .08. This proportion is very small, and,
no doubt, understates the real position, as, unless the infection is gross,
head lice are not at all easy to find in girls' heads. Parents who look
on the presence of a few nits in the children's heads with equanimity
have a horror of anything alive.
HEAD NITS.—The percentage of children with head nits in the
different schools is given for the year, and for 1910 and 1908, the first
year of medical inspection.


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