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Administrative Measures in Puerperal Fever

Nature volume 134, page 249 (18 August 1934) | Download Citation



INVESTIGATIONS carried out for the Departmental Committee on Maternal Mortality have shown the importance of strains of the micro-organism known as the haemolytic streptococcus, and of carriers of this organism, in the causation of puerperal fever. The Ministry of Health, in a circular recently issued to Medical Officers of Health, therefore recommends on the occurrence of fever in a lying-in woman the isolation and separate nursing of the patient, and investigations to determine the nature of the infecting organism and possible sources of infection. The last-named include bacteriological investigation of the patient and of those who may have been in contact with her during labour and for 48 hours afterwards. As contact with hands and instruments is the most likely mode of infection of the genital tract, attention should be directed to infections or abrasions of the skin of anyone who has had contact with the patient.

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