|Wellingborough News, 24th October 1890, transcribed by Kay Collins
Wellingborough Rural Sanitary Authority
At the ordinary meeting held on Wednesday there were present:Rev. T. Richards (in the chair), Messrs. J. Eady, C. Dunkley, G. Randall, E. Parsons, J. Parker, C, Bayes, S. Knight, W. H. Drage, J. Brown, H. Hutchinson, J. Drage, W. S. Gibbard, A. Dunmore, J. Keech, and M. R. Sharman (clerk).
MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORTThe medical officer presented the following report:-
"An outbreak of measles has occurred during the present month in the district, viz., at Bozeat, Grendon, and Finedon. Six cases have been reported from Bozeat, one from Grendon, and five from Finedon. I have given instructions prohibiting any inmate of an infected family attending school for at least 16 days after all trace of the disease has disappeared, as also the disinfection of the houses, clothing, and bedding, and thus as far as possible prevent further spread of the disease. A case of enteric fever was reported to me on Oct. 13th, at Wollaston, which I investigated on Oct. 14th. The patient is a young man 19 years of age, was taken ill Oct. 2nd, and at the time of my visit his mother informed me he was getting better. I examined the water and found it good, the drains and closet were in good condition, and there was nothing to account for the cause of the disease. There is a sewer grating almost close to the house, which is said to be offensive at times, and which might be moved a few yards farther off with advantage. At the same time I do not think it could have produced the disease in this instance. I have this day received notice of two cases of erysipelasone at Ecton in a woman 60 years of age, in the head and face, and, I was informed, was so susceptible that merely hanging the head down would produce it. The water was taken from the village tap, which is good, and the drains in good order; the closet is about 40 feet from the house, and in a satisfactory condition, and I failed to detect any thing likely to cause the disease. The other case is that of an infant a month old, on the legs. The house and surroundings were perfectly satisfactory, and it is impossible to account for the origin."
Mr. Parker said there was a great number of cases of measles at Finedon. He believed it was brought from Northampton at Finedon feast.The Clerk said he had received a notice that morning of a case of scarlet fever at Earls Barton, the patient being a visitor from Kettering. The report was adopted.