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Ilford 1961

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Ilford]

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In addition to the above diseases notifiable to the Medical Officer
of Health, certain industrial diseases are notifiable to the Chief Inspector
of Factories, Home Office, under Section 66 of the Factories Act, 1937.
These are cases of Lead, Phosphorous, Arsenical or Mercurial Poisoning
or Anthrax contracted in any factory. The Secretary of State can add other
diseases to those mentioned by Regulation.

The total numbers of deaths of Ilford residents from the undermentioned infectious diseases during 1960 and 1961 were as follows:-

Scarlet Fever--
Enteric Fever--
Acute Poliomyelitis--
Whooping Cough--
Tuberculosis — Pulmonary712
Other forms11
Pneumonia (all forms)127140
Meningococcal Infections--

The year 1961 showed a higher incidence of infectious disease,
mainly due to the increase in the number of cases of measles, 2,907
occurred as compared with 73 in the previous year. There were, however,
only 37 cases of whooping cough as compared with 397 in the previous
(a) Smallpox. — No cases were notified during 1961.
Vaccination is the responsibility of the Essex County Council and
details appear in the Part III Services Section of this Report.
(b) Scarlet Fever. — 132 cases occurred in 1961. There were no
deaths from this disease. Only 3 cases were admitted to hospital, the
remainder being nursed at home.
(c) Diphtheria. — No cases occurred in 1961. This is the tenth
successive year in which it has been possible to record a clean "bill of
health" for this disease in llford.
(d) Ophthalmia Neonatorum. — No cases occured in 1961.