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Tottenham 1912

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Tottenham]

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The following information is included in this Report
for the convenience of Teachers and others having the care
of school children :—
(1) Measles, etc. :—Any scholars suffering from a severe
cold, sneezing, redness of the eyes, and running at
the nose, should be sent home; such symptoms may
mean an influenza cold, or the commencement of
measles, and both are infectious; the recommendation
is particularly important when measles is
prevalent in the district. The incubation period
is from 4 to 14 days, and attendance at School
should not be resumed until fully 4 weeks from
the beginning: of the rash; if at the end of 4 weeks
any cough or desquamation be present, the child
should be excluded for a still longer period, indeed,
until all traces of both have disappeared.
(2) Whooping Cough :—A child with a violent cough,
especially if it be severe enough to cause vomiting
or nose bleeding, should be suspected of whooping
cough, and sent home, even if the characteristic
"whoop" is not heard, and it should be remembered
that this "whoop" may not occur until 7 to 14 days
* Confidential information from teachers, pupils, neighbours, etc., regarding the
existence of doubtful cases of infectious disease in any house will at all
times be gratefully received by the Medical Officer of Health.

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