Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Port of London]
Afloat, repressive measures are taken as required mainly as a result of notification from the
Authority and such action may include poisoning operations by the Authority at the request of the
Whatever the destructive measures adopted, by sulphur dioxide, hydrogen cyanide, methyl
bromide or poison baits, the decision is determined after close initial inspection and this aspect
of the overall control measures is a major task carried out efficiently and methodically by the
appointed Inspector with his launch.
In these times when lighters are in steady demand and their movements erratic, when delay
imposes economic penalties and the human factor must be considered, it is the more gratifying to
achieve the results recorded and the friendly understanding that has developed.
This control of rodents on lighters is, indeed, an important role in the comprehensive rodent
control practices of the Port, for it is by transporting rodents from place to place inside and outside
the Port area that rodent-borne diseases could be communicated on a major scale.
Records for this year include:—
Number of lighters inspected 3,746
Number without evidence of rodents 3,126
Number with negligible evidence of rodents 382
Number of lighters treated for rodents 160
Number treated voluntarily by Owners 78
Total number of dead rodents recovered 849
There is an increase in the number of lighters treated when compared with past years and this
is due to the ever growing co-operation aforementioned between the Port Health Authority and the
Industry, especially at the repair yards.
PREVENTION OF DAMAGE BY PESTS (APPLICATION TO SHIPPING) ORDERS 1951-56
Since 1951 the Port Health Authority has been issuing Rodent Control Certificates to coastwise
shipping as provided for by the terms of the Prevention of Damage by Pests (Application to
Shipping) Order, 1951.
During the year 1957 the Port Health Authority issued 105 such Certificates.
(1) On vessels
|Rats infected with plague|
(2) In Docks, Quays, Wharves and Warehouses
|Number of||Jan.||Feb.||Mar.||April||May||June||July||Aug. Sept.||Oct.||Nov.||Dec.||Total|
|Rats infected with plague||—||—||—||—||—||—||-||—||—||-||-||-||-|
|No. of Deratting Certificates Issued||Number of Deratting Exemption Certificates Issued||T otal Certificates Issued|
|After Fumigation with||After Trapping||After Poisoning||After Trapping and Poisoning||T otal|
|HCN||Other Fumigants (state Method)|
|28||s.o2 1||Nil||"1080" 103||Nil||138||1,071||1,209|
|Methyl Bromide 1||"Warfarin 5|