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Walthamstow 1933

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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The duck was originally supplied from Norfolk but the exact
origin could not be determined owing to the fact that the Smithfield
trader dealt with some 6,000 to 8,000 weekly. It was killed
on the 18th, sold and stored till 22nd, and drawn at a stall, stuffed
and cooked by the purchaser on the same day and eaten at the
picnic at meals at 2.30 p.m., 6 p.m. and again at supper at home.
In this way it is possible that Mr. and Mrs. B and their 3 children
had more duck than the other four persons who also ate duck
at the picnic.
S.B., aged 27 years, and H.B., aged 17 years, were taken ill
on the 24th and 25th July respectively and C.B., aged 25 years,
on the 26th. The latter had a temperature of 104°F. In addition,
Mrs. B. had slight symptoms and Mr. G., a neighbour, who partook
of duck, had moderate symptoms.
Rectal swabs from the three children of family B. all yielded
Bacillus Aertryke when examined by Dr. Scott at the Ministry's
Prevention of Blindness.
No action was necessary under Section 66 of the Public Health
(Amendment) Act, 1925, for the prevention of blindness or the
treatment of persons suffering from any disease of or injury to
the eyes.


The table given below shows particulars of new cases of tuberculosis and of all deaths from the disease in the Borough during 1933:-

Age Periods.New Cases.Deaths.
Under 1 yr.--1---1-
1- 5 yrs.-112---2
5-10 yrs.2-72----
10-15 yrs.1433-3--
15-20 yrs.68543111
20-25 yrs.453-45-1
25-35 yrs.141923121312
35-45 yrs.1493299--
45-55 yrs.541-772-
55-65 yrs.113-292--
65 yrs. and upwards21-32--
Totals1 56552718474256