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West Ham 1946

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for West Ham]

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MENINGITIS. This disease was not prevalent. Six cases
of meningococcal meningitis were under treatment, and 2 of
these proved fatal. Nine other cases, which had been notified
as meningitis, proved to be suffering from the following complaints
: sub-arachnoid haemorrhage, 2; tonsillitis, 2; meningism,
1; chorea, 1; gingivitis, 1; broncho-pneumonia, 1; no disease, 1.
RINGWORM OF SCALP. There was a marked increase
in the prevalence of this disease during the year. An outbreak
of it occurred in two of the Day Nurseries, and 23 children who
proved to be suffering from the infection were admitted to the
Hospital for isolation and treatment. Thallium acetate was
administered for the purpose of epilation, and satisfactory
results were obtained.
OTHER DISEASES. The main diseases in this group
were as follows: Enteric fever, 2; chickenpox, 12; erysipelas.
15; enteritis, 39; dystentery, 7; pneumonia, 35; bronchitis, 8;
scabies, 14; impetigo, 11; mumps, 13; dermatitis, 5; erythema,
4; urticaria, 4; pulmonary tuberculosis, 2; encephalitis, 1;
epilepsy, 1; meningism, 1; jaundice, 1; pemphigus, 1; cerebellar
tumour, 1; no disease, 24.
In this group the case suffering from tumour of the
cerebellum proved fatal.
GATE CASES. The number of patients suspected to be
suffering from an infectious disease who were brought to the
Hospital for diagnosis was 876. Of these, 187 were referred
by medical practitioners, and 689 were brought direct by
relatives. The number of these admitted to the Hospital was 149.
A total of 1,926 swabs from nose and throat were examined
for medical practitioners and other institutions for the presence
of diphtheria bacilli. Of these, 125 were found to be positive.

RETURN OF ADMISSIONS, DISCHARGES AND DEATHS FOR 1946

DISEASEIn Hosp. 31.12.45Admitted sinceDischargedDiedIn Hosp. 31.12.46
Scarlet Fever3124224528
Diphtheria4010513519
Measles3626122
Whooping Cough2424022
Meningitis642
Pneumonia1342537
Gastro Enteritis435345
Erysipelas114141
Chicken Pox21012
Impetigo1192
Dysentery77
Laryngitis15141
Mumps13121
Tonsillitis161593
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