HC Deb 01 November 1932 vol 269 cc1606-7
33. Mr. TURTON

asked the Minister of Health how many cases of typhoid have been discovered at Malton to date; the present condition of the patients; where these are being treated; and whether the cause of the outbreak has been located?


Eighty-eight cases of typhoid fever are known to have occurred at Malton up to and including 30th October. My right hon. Friend is unable to say anything about the condition of individual patients, except that three of the patients have died. Patients are being treated in the fever hospitals at York and Driffield and in the cottage hospital at Malton, which has been temporarily appropriated for the purpose. As my right hon. Friend is at present advised, the infection appears to have been water-borne, but he will communicate further with my hon. Friend when he has received the report of his medical officer who has been investigating the outbreak.


Will my hon. Friend do all that he can to help the local authorities, both in the location of the cause of the outbreak and in the provision of an alternative water supply?


Certainly. I understand that steps are already being taken in consultation with the local authorities.