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STATE LABORATORY OF HYGIENE
gist, Hanover WILLIAM R. MACLEOD, Bacteriologist *JOHN P. HEAD, S. B., Assistant Chemist NATHAN CIVEN, A. B., Assistant Chemist HERBERT R. HILL, Assistant Chemist and Bacteriologist,
(Water) *ALFRED H. FLETCHER, S. B., Assistant Sanitary Engineer *PAUL B. VARNER, B. E., Assistant Sanitary Engineer LEONARD W. TRAGER, B. E., Assistant Sanitary Engineer BERNARD E. PROCTOR, S. B., Assistant Sanitary Engineer
(Summer Season) BENJAMIN JEWELL, Assistant in Bacteriological Department JOSEPH X. DUVAL, Chief Inspector *BERTHA M. STOHRER, Clerk GRACE E. MELVIN, Clerk
DIVISION OF CHEMISTRY AND SANITATION
CHARLES D. HOWARD, S. B., Director
DIVISION OF VENEREAL DISEASE CONTROL
JOSEPH X. DUVAL, Agent, State Board of Health
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
OFFICE OF THE STATE BOARD OF HEALTH
STATE HOUSE, CONCORD, N. H., July 1, 1926. To His Excellency the Governor and the Honorable Council:
I have the honor to submit, herewith, in accordance with the laws of the State of New Hampshire, the twentyninth report of the State Board of Health for the two fiscal years ending June 30, 1926.
Herewith is presented the biennial report of the State Board of Health for the fiscal years 1925 and 1926.
Only the most important activities of the board during the period mentioned above can be chronicled in its biennial report.
The work carried on by the department is constantly increasing in all its various divisions and the demands made upon the department are many and varied. The educational work which the department has carried on for years through bulletins, lectures, etc., is fast bearing fruit. The public is realizing the importance of sanitation and right living conditions. Advice and help in various ways is being constantly sought and many sanitary problems are put up to the department for solution, and no longer will the public be satisfied with unsightly and unsanitary dump heaps, food stuffs unprotected from dust and insects and contaminated water supplies. The state is particularly free from water unfit for domestic use, as the Laboratory of Hygiene is working constantly to keep the water supplies free from contamination.
The department has many calls to assist local boards of health in the suppression of contagious disease, and our epidemiologist has made many investigations in various parts of the state giving advice regarding diagnosis and ferreting out sources of infection.
Information is also requested regarding quarantine and releasing of same, closing of schools, treatment of suspects, vaccination of school children, disinfection, etc. Each year loss of life occurs among the
young from clearly preventable diseases especially is this true of diphtheria. The State Board of Health furnishes free antitoxin for this disease and advocates continually the value of the Schick Test and is glad and willing to assist towns in