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Gerry White

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Near Panic
« on: August 25, 2017, 01:08:19 pm »
   On 27th December 1950, my father, who worked at Crawley
   and travelled there by train, left for work at 0700 , and by
   0745, was back home. Brighton, was placed off limits by the
   health Authority. Apparently a Small Pox outbreak had been
   reported  by staff, at Bevendean Isolation Hospital. Later the press
   and radio, reported that a young lady, had been admitted to
   Bevendean, she was poorly,  her boyfriend, it transpired was a
   Flight Lieutenant in the RAF, he had just returned from duty in
   India. He thought he was suffering from Malaria , which he
   contracted whist in India, however, he had caught Small Pox.
   At Connaught Avenue, a temporary treatment table ,
    a table where residents might be Vaccinated was set up. I, along
   with others was vaccinated, treatment tables were set up over
   a number of locations in Shoreham.  As a result , of the outbreak
   Brighton was put off limits, and travel to and from was suspended
   Several of a local laundry staff, and a taxi driver, died of the dreaded
   illness. Isolation of Brighton continued for about three weeks.. The
   RAF Officer Flt Lt Hunter, was a carrier of the virus. His fellow Airmen   
   were all vaccinated... I still have the Vaccination scar on my right arm
    which is a reminder, of the time, when Brighton had a small pox
    outbreak... It's now something that  caused panic , among residents
    Could it return?   Maybe...

   

   
« Last Edit: August 25, 2017, 06:21:54 pm by Gerry White »

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Re: Near Panic
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2017, 08:33:01 am »
Blimey that brings back memories Gerry. About eight of us young cousins at Portslade queued up to have our innoculation – I was at the end of the queue and I watched the others’ pained reaction on their faces as their arms were scratched to break the skin and deliver the serum (do they still use that method nowadays?). I felt a bit green myself but we all cheered up considerably when one of the cousins provided a little entertainment by fainting!

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Re: Near Panic
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2017, 09:15:35 pm »
 Still the same in the Forces...Methylated Spirit burner, to sterilise the
 scalpel, smear arm  with serum, then scratch to allow serum to mix
  with blood, and Hey Presto...grown men fainting all over the place.