HC Deb 29 March 1934 vol 287 cc2145-6W

asked the Minister of Health whether any members of the staff of the corporation hospital or any of the inmates developed small-pox in the recent outbreak at Blackburn; and, if so, how many, and what was their vaccinal condition?


Yes, Sir. The first case of the recent outbreak was removed not to the small-pox hospital, but to the ordinary isolation hospital before the illness was diagnosed as small-pox. Four members of the staff of the latter hospital and three patients subsequently developed small-pox. None of the three patients had been vaccinated. The four members of the staff had been vaccinated in infancy, and one of them stated that she had been re-vaccinated, but showed no evidence of re-vaccination.