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Quorndon Urban District Council and infection diseases

Loughborough Herald - October 25th 1900

To the Editor:

Sir- The above Council have distributed a bill over this village, calling attention to the serious prevalence of infectious diseases in the neighbourhood, wishing seriously to warn parents and others of the urgent necessity of calling in medical aid on the first appearance of any illness likely to develop into an infectious disease. They also append the various penalties to which anyone is liable who fails to report cases, etc., the diseases enumerated being: diphtheria, scarlet-fever, measles, and smallpox.

Any person reading the bill and not knowing our Council would naturally think that the said Council were also doing what they could to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, but instead of that they are doing exactly the opposite. At this present time they are allowing nightsoil to be spread on a piece of land close to a footpath which is used by hundreds of people (mostly young ones) every day, and this at the time when infectious diseases are prevalent. Think of it ? the excreta from the pans where fever, etc is existing being spread by the side of a public footpath, and this sort of thing, first in one place and then in another, has been going on for months, nothwithstanding the numerous letters which have been sent complaining of it. I think it is high time we had a new Board, composed of men who are independent, and have a mind of their own.

Let the electors remember this when the election comes round, and remove those who by their carelessness, spread disease and death in their midst.

RATEPAYERS
October 20th, 1900

   
 Submitted on: 2009-07-19
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 383
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