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Shoreditch 1905

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Shoreditch]

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The cases of notifiable infectious disease certified in the whole of the dwellings numbered
82, of which 50 were in class A, and 32 in class B, the attack-rates per 1,000 inhabitants
being 10.5, 8.4, and 17.3 respectively, as compared with 9.8 for the Borough.
There were 56 cases of scarlet fever, 12 of diphtheria, 13 of erysipelas, and one of puerperal

The numbers of cases and the attack-rates per 1,000 inhabitants with respect to scarlet fever, diphtheria, and erysipelas are set out below:—

Scarlet Fever.Diphtheria.Erysipelas.
Class A396.540.671.1
Class B179.184.363.2
The whole of the dwellings567.2121.5131.6

The attack-rates for the whole Borough were 6.7 per 1,000 inhabitants for scarlet
fever, 1.5 for diphtheria, and 1.2 for erysipelas.
In drawing conclusions from the foregoing figures, it is necessary to bear in mind
that they only relate to a particular year.
To sum up briefly: During the year 1905 the mortality amongst the residents in
the artizans' dwellings in Shoreditch was lower than that of the Borough as a whole;
it was markedly lower amongst the residents in the class A dwellings, but amongst those
in the B class it was markedly higher than that of the Borough; taking them as a
whole, attacks of notifiable infectious disease were somewhat more frequent in the
dwellings than in the Borough generally ; whilst the attacks were less frequent lira the class
A dwellings, in the class B they were much more frequent than in the Borough
as a whole, the incidence being nearly twice as great.
No applications were received for certificates under the above Acts as to the sanitary
fitness of dwellings for the purpose of obtaining exemption from inhabited house
Arising out of a communication from the Borough of Lewi sham on the subject
of sewer ventilation, enclosing a report from the surveyor of that Borough, in which
it was suggested that the London County Council should be approached with the object
of obtaining the repeal of the bye-law under the provisions of Section 202 of the
Metropolis Management Act, 1885, which deals with the use of intercepting traps in
connection with drains, the question of the use of such traps came under the consideration
of the Council,