Tuberculosis, Tyneside

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1954.

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Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West 12:00 am, 13th May 1954

It was as a result of doing so that I gave the answer. It is certainly true that the incidence of tuberculosis in this area is much higher than in the rest of the country, but I am advised that of the one or two cases mentioned in medical literature there was only one on the North-East coast, in 1949, which might be linked up with polluted water. Infection is normally passed in the air through the medium of a droplet or of dust and, therefore, would not normally be connected with water pollution.