The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 1889. TYPHOID FEVER.
We have no desire whatever to sound an unnecessary note of alarm — much less to create a scare — but there is no disguising tbe fact that m Ashburton just now typhoid fever is exceptionally prevalent, that is to say that there are more cases under treatment by far than is usually the case at this season of the year. Until within tbe past day or two the season has been remarkable for the absence of nor'-westerß, and we know that at least one medical man is of opinion that the large amount of sickness prevailing is the direct consequence, his experience being that tbe general health is better when we have the usual allowance of these strong drying winds, than when, as for the greater part of this season, they are conspicuous by their absence. If this be a correct theory then the past few days of nor'- west weather should prove beneficial. But nor'-westera or no nor'-westers there can be no doubt that cleanliness and health go together and that disease is tbe certain accompaniment of dirty habits, dirty houses, and dirty yards and streets. If people want to keep the doctor out, let them make free use of soap and water personally and about their houses, and let them take care to admit plenty of pure air into the latter. They will find it pays well to do so besides the comfort of doing it. And, above all, let them see to it that their yards and drains are kept free from offensive matter and that slops, etc., are not thrown out close to backdoors to fester m the sun and breed the germs of disease and death. All these are domestic matters which the beads of every household should see to, but as regards our street-channels and main drains we have a right to expect the Municipal authorities to take especial pains to see that they are kept plean and plentifully and frequently flushed, or the spread of disease will be the inevitable consequence. Jqdging from the numerous complaints recently made there would appear to be considerable laxity m this respect on tbe part of our Borough administrators. It is pomplained that evil smelling matter has been allowed to be discharged into the side channels, and that the water is often cat off from some of them. It is farther pointed ont that latterly the channels pave not been so thoroughly cleared out as they used to be. We know that tjie Borough funds are unusually low, but the ratepayers will not accept that as an excuse, and just now would be glad to B?e an additional laborer or two employed if necessary The cost of a little extra labor for a few weeks would be a mere bagatelle and should not be regarded for a moment under the circumstances.
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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 1889. TYPHOID FEVER.,
Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2083, 9 March 1889