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West Ham 1946

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

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SUMMARY, 1946

Area of Borough4,689 acres
Population (R.G.'s) mid-year estimate163,730
Live births—legitimate 4,1544,393
Live births—illegitimate 239
Birth rate (per 1,000 population)26.8
Stillbirths—legitimate 102105
Stillbirths—illegitimate 3
Stillbirth rate (per 1,000 total live and stillbirths)23
Number of deaths1,916
Death rate (per 1,000 population)11.7
Deaths of infants under one year143
Infantile mortality rate (deaths per 1,000 live births)32
Maternal deaths:—
Puerperal sepsis 47
Other causes 3
Maternal death rate (per 1,000 live births)1.59
Maternal death rate (per 1,000 live and stillbirths)1.56
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VARIOUS DISEASES: Cases and deaths.

CasesCase rate per 1,000 pop.DeathsDeath rate per 1,000 pop.
Smallpox-
Scarlet fever3312.02-
Diphtheria980.6010.006
Enteric fever20.01-
Measles8505.1910.006
Whooping cough2711.6530.018
Cerebro-spinal fever80.04920.012
Diarrhoea and enteritis under 2 years (*rate per 1,000 live births)--24*5.46
Pneumonia:
Acute primary and influenzal2491.52790.48
All forms
Bronchitis1711.04
Pulmonary tuberculosis1781.091220.74
Other forms of tuberculosis230.14100.06
Cancer2741.67
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