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[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Mitcham]
The year 1923 has been a very satisfactory one from the point
of view of the prevalence of infectious disease, the number of cases
notified being 287 as against 347 last year.
Eeference to Table I. at the end of the Report will show :—
Firstly, the cases notified in the District, with the ages of
incidence, and the nature of the infectious disease.
Secondly, the number of cases (and nature of disease) in each
Thirdly, the number of cases removed to the Isolation Hospital.
Table III. shows the number of cases notified each year since
the adoption of the Infectious Disease (Notification) Act, 1889.
A large decrease took place in the number of cases of Scarlet
Fever notified, viz., 110 as against 178 last year. The majority of
the cases occurred in the West Ward, from which 67 were notified.
One hundred and three cases, or 97 per cent. of the cases,
were removed to the Isolation Hospital.
One death was registered as occurring from this complaint.
A very large decrease also took place in the number of cases
of Diphtheria, there being only 35 cases notified as against 84 last
year. All the cases were removed to the Isolation Hospital.
No deaths occurred during the year from Diphtheria.
Under the arrangements with the Wandle Valley Joint Hospital
Board, any medical practitioner in this district is provided
with the necessary outfit to have a bacteriological examination made
to confirm, or otherwise, his diagnosis. During the year Dr. Cave
examined 157 swabs from this District.