HC Deb 07 June 1866 vol 183 cc2037-8

said, he would beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Privy Council, If it is true that Rinderpest has broken out in the Isle of Man, appearing there last week in five places almost simultaneously; and if the information he has received leads to the belief that these outbreaks can be traced to distinct sources of infection; or whether it would appear that the disease has taken an epidemic form, and that all or any of these cases have originated spontaneously?


said, in reply, that in consequence of a communication received last week from the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, an experienced inspector was sent, who arrived on Friday. His last letter was dated Monday, the 4th instant. In that letter he stated that though the appearances of the disease were similar to those of rinderpest, he was not yet prepared to give a decided opinion of the character of the disease which had appeared in that island, or that it was rinderpest. He had not expressed any opinion as to the cause of the appearance of disease in that island.