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Teddington 1902

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Teddington]

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The patient was James Roughton, aged 39, of
1 Cranmer Road, and was notified as suffering
from small pox on 13th June. He had been ill
ten days before a medical man saw him, and had
a very slight eruption of well-defined small pox
pustules. As the case was a very mild one, and
only his wife and one son lived in the house, I did
not consider it necessary to remove him from home
even if we had had hospital accommodation for
him. He was employed in laying pipes by the
Vauxhall Water Company, at Wimbledon, and I
informed the Contractor of those works of the
man's illness. He made a quick recovery, and
none of the inmates of his house or contacts got
All the cases which were taken to the hospital
were removed in the Council's carriage, which
was, after every journey, disinfected.
In some of the cases children attended school
from an infected house before the case was notified,
and, in order to prevent the spread of the disease,
the school was closed for a day and disinfected.

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