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Walthamstow 1904

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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The reduction to a minimum of cases of Typhoid, Diphtheria,
Phthisis and Diarrhœa is the aim of all sanitary work where prevention
is the remedy, and without hospital provision for Typhoid the results
desired cannot be obtained.
The deaths from Typhoid were ten as compared with nineteen in
1903, and the case rate was nearly 18 per cent. of those attacked,
proving the serious nature of a disease claiming one death in every five
persons contracting it.
Two of the deaths were in persons under 15 years, three between 15
and 25 years, and five between 25 and 65 years.

The number of cases according to Wards was:—

St. James Street.High Street.Hoe Street.Wood Street.Northern.
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The comparative freedom of the Wood Street Ward is noticeable in
both years, and I have no explanation to offer.
The fifty-six cases occurred in fifty-five houses, and serious defects were
found in five, slight defects in nine, the others were free from structural or
other defects.
The death-rate from Typhoid for the District was .08, as compared
with .1 for the "76 Great Towns."
The following diagrams show at a glance the number of cases for each
month, the number of houses infected, the removals and deaths.

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