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Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London
of filthy rubbish. Destruction of Rats. Rat Week.—Efforts were made to organize, in accordance with the request of the Board of Agriculture, concerted measures for the destruction of rats during the week ended October 25th. The Sanitary
and "Rat Weeks" were accordingly arranged in this Borough for each of those weeks. The premises where the rats had not been completely exterminated, also received attention during the intervals. Prior to the first rat week, a very large number
issued inviting the public to apply for the services of the said rat catchers. The Inspector reported that up to that date 482 rats had been brought to the Town Hall and paid for. In October a suggestion for holding a rat week was made So from the 20th