Colonist, Volume XLVI, Issue 10929, 21 January 1904, Page 2
THE OUTBREAK IN CANTER■ . • BURY* (Per United Press Association. ) Christchurch. January 20. Another case of suspected smallpox was discovered this morning and sent to Bottle Lake. The suspect is a female servant at St. Luke's vicarage. She had been indisposed only 24 hours, and the symptoms are very A suspicious case is reported from Rangiora, twenty miles from Christchurch, the patient being a young woman .named Ellis, who returned yesterday from a visit to Christchurch. It is supposed to be a mild ease of smallpox. The Health Officer has been communicated with. The house of the patient's aunt at Rangiora, where she had been staying, has been isolated in the meantime,. Later. Two cases of suspected smallpox were reported to-day, one from St. Luke's vicarage, the patient being a : domestic servant employed by the Rev. W. Sedgwick, and the other a girl at Rangiora. Both the places were isolated at once, but it ; w.. not yet decided whether either case is smallpox. Early in the day there was less demand for vaccinations, but after the report of the two , cases a rush set in again, and doctors were kept busy. Wellington, January 20. Sir J. G. Ward, Minister of Public Health, has sent the following telegram to the Presidents of the Boards of Health at Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, and Hobart: — ■ , , "There have been no^wesh cases. All the patients and contacts are located at Bottle Lake Hospital, seven miles from Christchurch and fourteen miles from Lyttelton, completely apart from public routes. No cases have occurred among contacts. The present number in the hospital • suffering from smallpox is eleven patients, and two suspects. Ihe number of contacts is twenty-nve. All houses where cases or suspected cases have occurred have been thoroughly disinfected. There have been no cases at Lyttelton or any other place in the Colony." Sydney, January 20. The passengers by the Manuka were landed after medical inspection.