HC Deb 19 June 1911 vol 27 cc32-3

asked of the six-and-a-half millions of human beings known to have died of plague in India within the last ten years, how many died of bubonic plague and how many of pneumonic plague; and whether the Government propose to convene an international medical conference in India next winter to devise means of counteracting this scourge?

Colonel SEELY

The returns of plague seizures in India do not distinguish cases where the symptoms are bubonic from those that take septicaemic or pneumonic forms. But it may be said that more than 90 per cent. of the cases take the bubonic form. There is no intention of convening an international medical conference in India to deal with the question of plague prevention. The scientific problems have already been elucidated by the Joint Commission organised by the Royal Society and the Lister Institute, and the practical application of the Commission's discoveries is a matter for the Indian Government.