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Walthamstow 1936

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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Disease.St. James Street.High Street.Hoe Street.Wood Street.Hale End.Higham Hill.Totals
Scarlet Fever3750661941102315
Diphtheria29141061136106
Enteric Fever21418
Pneumonia241318262644151
Puerperal Fever1315
Puerperal Pyrexia44638530
Ophthalmia Neonatorum112
Erysipelas9131047952
Encephalitis Lethargica
Polio-encephalitis11
Cerebro-spinalMeningitis11
Anterior Poliomyelitis145
Measles (under 5 years)143759574119165671
Dysentery415
Tuberculosis261621142836141
Totals19362771862331492464021,493
19351621471461292273481,159
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From the foregoing tables it will be seen that the outstanding
features of 1936 were decreases in the incidence of Scarlet Fever
and Diphtheria.
The statistics given in the foregoing table are those for the
calendar year 1936.

The Registrar-General gives the statistics for the 53 weeks ended 2nd January, 1937, and these are given in the following table together with the case rates per 1 ,000 population both for England and Wales and for Walthamstow:—

Disease.Scarlet Fever.Diphtheria.Enteric Fever.Pneumonia.Puerperal Ferer.Puerperal Pyrexia.Erysipelas.
Number320103815453062
Case Rate—
Walthamstow2.390.770.061.150.032.243.89
England and Wales2.531.390.061.11(Not available)0.40
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The rates for Puerperal Fever and Pyrexia are better expressed in relation to the number of births (i.e.,live and stillbirths) registered than to population. When calculated on this basis the rates are:—

Puerperal Fever.Puerperal Pyrexia.
Walthamstow2.8216.96
England and Wales3.279.64
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