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Walthamstow 1902

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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50 and 52, Haroldstone Road.
42 and 44, High Street.
47 and 49, Higham Street.
21 to 81, Linford Road.
8 to 15, Lennox Avenue.
1 to 6, Linden Road.
24 to 30, Mayfield Road.
49 to 53, Myrtle Road.
91 and 93, Oakfield Road.
79 to 83, Oakfield Road.
19 and 21, Pretoria Avenue.
76 St. Mary's Road.
1 to 7, Stainforth Road.
75 to 81, Spruce Hills Road.
77 to 83, St. Andrew's Road.
4 to 14, Tower Hamlets Road.
60 to 66, Vallentin Road.
22 and 24, Westbury Road.
32 to 86, Westbury Road.
49 to 53, Woodville Road.
2, 3 and 4, Western Road.
Infectious Disease.— The work in connection with Infectious
Disease this year, owing to the epidemic of Small Pox, has been of
unusually onerous character, and temporarily affected to some extent
other branches of our work. Arrangements were made for the appointment
of a temporary Assistant, but before he could get to work, the
advantages of his appointment were discounted by the resignation of
one of the permanent staff, and whose post was subsequently filled by
the Assistant temporarily engaged, namely. Mr. Pointon. However, by
some re-arrangement of the work and increased exertions, we were able
to deal with the subsequent cases. The urgent necessity for dealing
with each case immediately was appreciated by all my assistants, and
they ungrudgingly devoted themselves to whatever work and time was
required of them. In connection with the 146 cases which occurred in
the district, the immediate "contacts" of course were numbered by
hundreds—inmates, visitors and school children, and the whole of them
were kept under observation for a fortnight after the removal of the
patient from the house, and we have had the satisfaction of knowing
that absolutely no spread of the disease occurred.
Work Carried On.—In accordance with the requirements of the
Factory Acts, in cases where needlework is done at home, the introduction
of further work has been prohibited, and that which was
already on the premises disinfected before being sent away. In fifteen
cases this has been done.
Library Books.—In 48 cases, books have been found in infected
houses, from various libraries, and have been removed and disinfected,
and notice given to the librarian of the particulars.
Disinfection.—After removal or recovery of the patient, the
bedding, &c., are removed from the room to the Council's Washington
Lyon Disinfector, and the room is fumigated, stripped, limewashed,

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