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Stepney 1934

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Stepney]

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It will be seen how dangerous the disease is in children under 5 years of
age and especially in children under 3 years. It will be seen what a high
proportion of these very young children were admitted to hospital and yet
the mortality was so high. It is obvious that these children were admitted
to hospital too late to save them, and before the next biennial epidemic steps
must be arranged whereby these very young children will be discovered in the
earliest possible stage of the disease.
There must be increased propaganda in the Infant Welfare Centres and
elsewhere as to the danger of measles to the children under 5 years of age.
The advisability of the compulsory notification of Measles in children under
5 years of age must be considered.
The number of deaths was 20, or 11 less than in the previous year. Of Whooping
Cough.
these, 19 occurred in children under 5 years of age (10 of them under 1 year).
A system of notification by the schools has been arranged; warning
notices and handbills are posted at or issued by the Infant Welfare Centres;
it is hoped that all cases will now be brought to notice in the early stage of
the disease so that they—and especially those under 1 year of age—will receive
prompt treatment.
The death rate in 1934 was .09 per 1,000 of the population.
There were 69 deaths, the same as in the previous year. 62 of these Diarrhoea,
deaths, or 89 per cent., were in children under 1 year of age.
The death rate was .32 per 1,000 of the population.
The total deaths from diseases of a Zymotic character was 204, or 77 more Zymotic
than in the previous year. They include all deaths from Small Pox, Scarlet Diseases.
Fever, Diphtheria, Typhoid Fever, Measles, Whooping Cough and Diarrhoea.
The increase was entirely due to Measles.
The death rate was .948 per 1,000 of the population.
The number of deaths was 13, or 104 less than in the previous year. As influenza,
usual these occurred in elderly persons. The death-rate for the whole
Borough was .06 per 1000 of the population.
The number of deaths from cancer was 321, or 28 less than in the previous Cancer.
year.
The death-rate for the whole Borough was 1.4 per 1,000 of the population.
30 were under 45 years of age—11 males and 19 females.
142 were between 45 and 65 years of age—62 males and 80 females.
110 were between 65 and 75 years of age—64 males and 46 females.
39 were 75 years of age and over—17 males and 22 females.


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