Death from suspected plague in Liverpool

October 30, 1901
The following communication has been issued from the Local Government Board: “Some half-dozen cases of illness occurred at Liverpool at the end of September and beginning of October which were supposed to be cases of influenza; but doubts have since arisen whether the patients were not really suffering from plague. Bacteriological tests now show that in two instances in which death took place the disease from which the patients died was plague. There remain three doubtful cases, and these are under strict isolation in hospital.”

A Local Government Board Inspector has visited Liverpool, and he reports that the persons who have been in contact with the suspected cases of plague are under supervision and that proper precautions are being taken.

Recently, says a Liverpool correspondent, a Mrs. Kennedy and two daughters returned after a holiday in Glasgow to Liverpool, and the mother and one of the daughters died under circumstances of grave suspicion of bubonic plague, which bacteriological examination partially justified. Another daughter now lies in the Infections Hospital with similar symptoms. Steps, however, have been taken to isolate these cases, and Liverpool medical men have been requested by the local Medical Officer to notify all cases of a suspicious character, but so far without any result.

The Medical Officer for Liverpool does not consider there are grounds for excitement or uneasiness.
(Edinburgh Evening News: October 30, 1901)

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