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INFLUENZA INQUIRY

TO-DAY'S CViDENCE.

DUNEDIN,- April 2. ,At to-day;s sitting of the Influenza Commission ,the Rev Vincent King emphasised the importance of fixing prices during an epidemic, especially those of citrus fruits. He suggested that the right measure was to commandeer supplies at fair prices; and also to control the prices and routes of funerals. A large number of funeral processions using the main streets .was; depressing. He pointed out that in the case of orphans losing father and mother in the epidemic nothing could be granted for their support unless they were formally committed to an industrial school. This was scandalous, their names being for ever on the books and a stigma attaching throughout their lives. He suggested that in such, cases the guardianship be transferred. A;"vast mass of people were very ignorant in the matter of attending to the sick. Dr. Bowie, who was acting-superin-tendent of the • Dunedin Hospital throughout the pandemic, said that from 11th November 701 patients were •admitted, 172 succumbing to influenza. Of these sixty deaths occurred at ages from 21 to 30, and sixty-one from 31 to 40. Of 116 nurses in the hospital, 82 contracted influenza and four died. The pandemic came here with explosive suddenness. The first case was admitted on November 8, and by November 11 the hospital was overcrowded. The explosive nature of the outbreak convinced him that the pandemic was brought in from elsewhere. He thought there was no doubt the disease came to Dunedin after the Christ-church races! Masks were exceedingly good if used intelligently, but dangerous if used without intelligence. There was no reason for a man in the open air iisfng a mask as long as he was, not in contact with numbers of people. Masks with strong antiseptics - were a mistake. He did not believe in masks as a general prophylactic to b© used in the streets. The first matter in preventing disease was to keep it out of the country. This was a, public health .matter. Ships should; be quarantined and patients carefully examined and, should sporadic cases appear, ,be isolated. He thought the Public Health Office should have almost unlimited power in the case of an epidemic. ••

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INFLUENZA INQUIRY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9575, 2 April 1919

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INFLUENZA INQUIRY Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9575, 2 April 1919

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