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Walthamstow 1909

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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The difficulty of recognising this disease in its early stages from
clinical signs alone may be judged from the Sanatorium report, and
all doubtful cases should be isolated at once, treated with serum and
a bacteriological examination subsequently made.
With this routine many of those sent to Hospital would be equally
well at home.

The distribution of the cases over the various portions of the district, the numbers removed to Hospital, the deaths resulting, and the death-rate per cent, of those notified, were as follows:—

St. James Street.High Street.Hoe Street.Wood Street.Northern.
No. Notified4044311157
No. of Deaths13325
No. removed to Hospital353722644
No. of Deaths in Hospital13102
Death-rate per cent. of those removed to Hospital2.88.14.504.5
No. remaining at home579513
No. of Deaths00223
Death.rate per cent. of those remaining at home00224023

The following figures taken from the Registrar-General's Quarterly Returns are of interest to show our position in reference to Scarlet Fever and Diphtheria, as compared with our immediate neighbours:—

Population.No. Notified.Deaths.
West Ham321,7671,6244775341
East Ham149,5755743791524