HC Deb 03 May 1920 vol 128 c1706
77. Mr. HALLAS

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that there have recently been two fatal cases of smallpox in Bolton, both victims being married women; whether all precautions are being taken against the spread of the disease; and whether he has any official Reports supporting the belief, locally held, that contact with cotton in a factory is the cause of the outbreak?

Mr. JAMES PARKER (Lord of the Treasury)

Two cases of small-pox have recently occurred in Bolton, but I am informed that in only one case has there been a fatal issue. The answer to the second part of the Question is in the affirmative. As regards the last part, I have received a report from the medical officer of health which states that the first case attacked was that of a married woman employed at a cotton mill, and that it is possible that she contracted the disease from infected cotton.