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Early in the year a case of typhus occurred at Netherton. The
patient was a lodger, and was at once removed to Belvidere
Hospital. The bedding was destroyed or disinfected, and other
precautions taken. The disease did not spread.
At a dairy farm in the south of Campsie parish a case of scar-
latina occurred in November, and raised the question of the
stoppage of the milk sale. The dwelling-house was quite apart
from the farm buildings, and arrangements were made that no
person who had anything to do with the milk business should live
in or call at the house. In this way no harm resulted from con-
tinuing the sale of milk.
Two cases of enteric fever occurred at dairy farms - one in
Strathblane parish and the other in Killearn. The case in Strath-
blane was unfit for removal to so great a distance as Govan
Hospital, and the milk sale had to be stopped for six weeks, until
recovery was complete and the premises disinfected. In the other
case, which proved fatal, the sale of milk had also to be discon-
tinued, but for a much shorter period.
In Chapel Loan, Lennoxtown, a child was attacked by enteric
fever. It was too ill for removal, but ultimately recovered. Mr
Lamb found the drains to be defective, and they were afterwards
put in order by the owner.
Near the end of the year two cases of enteric fever occurred at
Balmaha in the parish of Buchanan. The first was that of a lodger
at a small dairy farm. So soon as the nature of the disease was
recognised the sale of milk was stopped, but previous to that time
a man who had been supplied with the milk was attacked. The
lodger was too ill for removal to Govan Hospital, and the accom-
modation in the house was insufficient for proper isolation. As a
result other three persons staying in the house have become
affected since the end of the year, though one of these had for
safety been removed to another house some time before the disease
The water supply at this house was liable to pollution, and
since the outbreak a new supply has been provided by the

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Tables III. and IV. contain a statement of the deaths and death-
rates for each parish for the ten years, 1880 to 1889. It will be
seen that the average mortality of the whole District has been
16·50 per 1000 per annum. The parish of Buchanan has had the
remarkably low rate of 9·59, or less than half of the Campsie rate,
which was 19·5. Next to Campsie come Balfron and Fintry, the
rates being about 18·3 and 16·6 respectively. The necessity for
looking at fairly long periods of time for the death-rates of very
small populations is illustrated by the fact that in 1881 12 deaths
occurred in Fintry, giving a rate of nearly 29 per 1000, while in
1888 only one death took place, the rate yielded by it being less
than 2·7.

Death-rates in 1891. - Tables V. and VI. contain the state-
ments as required by the Board of Supervision. The mortality
from all causes was at the rate of 19·969 per 1000, the Zymotic
rate was 1·922, the Phthisis rate 2·325. None of these rates is
very satisfactory for so rural a district as Western Stirlingshire.
The total death-rate is high, and the Phthisis rate in particular is
higher than might have been expected. Both rates have been
highest in Balfron and Campsie.

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