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Kingston upon Thames 1897

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Kingston-upon-Thames]

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simple cold, which after two or three days declares
itself to be Measles. During the two or three days
the sick child has given the disease to several others.
If at this stage the M.O.H. received a notification
he would go to the school and exclude all children
with the early symptoms, and the outbreak would be
Whooping Cough.
This disease prevails and is commonly fatal
amongst the infants of the poor. No child of fairly
well-to-do persons has died of this complaint within
my tenancy of office. This probably is due to the
fact that the better off people are the more effectual
are their attempts to isolate cases, and to keep very
young children out of danger. In this disease, as
also in Measles, Diphtheria, and Scarlatina, the
older the child when attacked, the greater is the
probability of a good recovery. The practice of
exposing children to infection, in order that they
may have the complaint and get it over, is little
short of criminal.
The mortality per 1000 is 1.1 as compared
with 1.3 the average for the last four years.
The mortality is .7 per 1000, as compared
with .8 the average for the last four years.