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Walthamstow 1904

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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In March the Schools of the S.W. District were mainly affected.
In April „ „ S.W. and N.W. „
In May „ „ S.W., N.W. and W.C. „
In June „ „ Central „
In July „ „ S, N.W., E.
In September „ E., N.W. „
In October „ ,, E., N.W. „
In November ,, S, E. and N.W. „
In December „ „ E., N.W. and S.W. „
Leaflets, dealing with both these diseases, their origin, spreading,
symptoms and prevention, were distributed in the districts of greatest
Of course all children were forbidden to attend School from an
infected house, and no child was allowed to return for 3 weeks from
the onset of the disease, and then only if cough and desquamation had
Children exposed to infection within the previous 16 days were also
The death-rate from Measles was .49 compared with .47, and the
death-rate from Whooping Cough was .28, as compared with .4 for the
"76 Great Towns."
In last year's report I contrasted the mortality from Measles and
Whooping Cough with that from Scarlet Fever and Diphtheria, much to
the disadvantage of the former. I also pointed out that £5,000 a year
was spent on Scarlet Fever and Diphtheria prevention, whereas diseases
with four times the mortality were hardly seriously dealt with.
To remedy this existing anomaly I recommended the appointment
of a Lady Health Visitor, and next month such an official will be
The work of the Education and Sanitary Committees being common
at so many points and their interests identical, I trust that, in the future,
women with Sanitary or other diplomas will be appointed as attendance
officers. In such a position women would have many opportunities of
educating and advising the poor in the management of their houses
and children, and thus truly supplementing the existing educational

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