§ Mr. Viant
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why no information is given in the report on the Edinburgh smallpox outbreak, which occupies 11 pages of the Annual Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Edinburgh, as to the vaccinal condition of 36 cases; how many of the cases had been vaccinated at some period of their lives; and why, in the paragraphs in the Report dealing with the lymph and the complaints of its high potency, was nothing said about the three deaths from vaccination that occurred during the outbreak.
The Medical Officer of Health of Edinburgh informs me that his Annual Report was not considered the proper place to discuss the technical and scientific aspects of the smallpox outbreak. A special report has, however, 1889W been drawn up and will be published shortly. It contains a full account of all the technical and scientific aspects of the outbreak, including information as to the cases of post-vaccinal encephalitis. Of the 36 cases of smallpox, seven had not been previously vaccinated and four were vaccinated for the first time after exposure to infection.