Table 1

Cases of anthrax in Kidderminster

YearSource of data and summary (total)Anthrax case details (where available)
Sources: FI, Chief Inspector of Factories Annual Reports; MOH, Kidderminster Medical Officer of Health Reports; Infirmary, Kidderminster Infirmary Annual Reports.
Exposure: **regularly to raw wool; *mainly to processed wool.
1896FI 17 in wool industry nationally. No separate Kidderminster data. Comment “regret that many cases go unreported”
Infirmary 1 (1)
1897Infirmary 1 (1)
1898Infirmary 1 (1)
1899Infirmary 0 (0)
1900Infirmary 2 (2)
1901Infirmary 1 (excised) (1)
19021 fatal—inquest reportM 56 Wool washing—fatal**
Infirmary 2 (excised 2) (2)
19036 MOH and FI, 3 fatal—inquest reports. 7 cases in last year alleged at March inquest, medical witness states 5 cases at infirmary since November 1902M 42 Wool department—fatal**
M 46 Drayman—fatal
M 16 Wool department—fatal**
Infirmary 6 (excised 6) (6)M 46 Wool department**
M 17 Wool washing**
M 41 Traveller for Brewery
1904MOH 2F 35 Wife of woolsorter< >
Infirmary 2 (excised 3) (2)M16. Wool warehouse** (no scheduled wools handled in last year)
FI 12 cases in Kidderminster 1899–1904
1905MOH 2 cases. FI 3 cases in countyF age unknown Wife of woolsorter
Infirmary 4 (excised 1) (4)F 16 Spinner*
F 18 Spinner*
1906FI 2F 26 Spinning*
Infirmary 1 (excised 0) (2)M 16 spinning*
1907FI and MOH 3F 17 Spinning finisher*
Infirmary 3 (excised 0) (3)F 26 Wool spinner*
F 22 card feeder**
1908MOH 3 FI nil (3)M 23 Horse slaughterer
Infirmary 2 (excised 2)M 30 Carpet mill worker
1909FI and MOH 4, 1 fatalM 36 packing after blending—fatal**
Infirmary 3 (cured 3) (4)(no medical advice sought)
M 59 Oiled machines
M 26 Dyehouse worker*
M 25 Wool worker**
1910FI 1F 47 Drawing box minder*
Infirmary 1 (cured 1) (1)
1911Nil reported (0)Nil
1912FI 1M 30 Woolsorter**
Infirmary in-patient 0 (1)
1913FI 1M 49 Stoker
Infirmary in-patient 0 (1)
1914FI 4M 30 Wool blending**
Infirmary 4 all cured (4)M 50 Stoker
M 31 Card dresser**
M 17 Wool washer**
1915FI wartime gap in records 1915 onward
Infirmary 6 – gap 1916 onward (6)