§ SIR JULIAN GOLDSMID(for Sir THOMAS BRASSEY) (St. Pancras, S.)
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether an epidemic of yellow fever has recently visited Port Royal, and what number of cases have been reported from H.M.S. Urgent; and, whether any 472 facilities exist for removing men in the Naval Service from Port Royal to a sanatarium or hill station, similar to that occupied by the Military at Newcastle, Jamaica?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. HIBBERT) (Oldham)
I regret to have to say that since October, 1885, 19 cases of yellow fever have been admitted into Jamaica Hospital from the Urgent, of which number four have terminated fatally. Besides these, an officer who was on board waiting to join the Wye was attacked and died. There has been one other case—from the Tyne. There is no "sanatarium or hill station" attached to Jamaica Hospital; nor is it thought by our medical advisers that any such establishment is necessary for such cases of infectious disease, as Port Royal is so swept by the sea breezes that it is considered more healthy than a hill station. I am informed that troops with yellow fever are not moved to the hill station occupied by the military at Newcastle, Jamaica, as suggested in the Question.