Typhus (Preventive Measures).

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health. – in the House of Commons on 26th March 1942.

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Photo of Sir Percy Hurd Sir Percy Hurd , Devizes

asked the Minister of Health what special measures are being taken to safeguard this country against a plague of typhus, in view of conditions in Central Europe and of recent evidence of the widespread presence in our centres of population of the lice through which the disease is most readily propagated?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

As stated in my Reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Central Bradford (Mr. Leach) on 19th February, the measures taken to safeguard this country against typhus include a close watch by medical officers at ports and airports; the organisation and training of special mobile diagnostic and sanitary teams; arrangements for confirmatory diagnosis by experts; plans by local authorities for prompt isolation, hospital treatment and supervision of contacts; and a general intensification of delousing and cleansing of verminous conditions, for which local authorities have been given additional powers.

Photo of Sir Percy Hurd Sir Percy Hurd , Devizes

Do these port examinations include examination of the Irish labourers who come here in a verminous and diseased condition?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

My hon. Friend knows that that question has been answered several times.

Photo of Sir Percy Hurd Sir Percy Hurd , Devizes

What has been done?