From inquiries made we hear that no further cases of smallpox were reported in Wigton up to yesterday evening (Tuesday).
The patient who was admitted to the Wigton workhouse last Friday is progressing favourably, but the disease has scarcely reached the satge when it is most infectious. Another tramp is under investigation by the medical officer, and he will not be allowed to dismiss himself until the doctor is satisfied with his immunity from the disease. It is a startling fact that a tramp, with all the symptoms of the disease upon him, called at Carlisle Workhouse for admission, and was at once isolated. If his story is true, and there appears no reason to doubt it, that he slept in a Wigton lodging house on Saturday night, it is hopes that the Sanitary Authorities of Wigton will take immediate steps to meet the possible outbreak which this incident threatens.
We have had the disease all round, and were congratulating ourselves upon our fortunate immunity, but now when we have the knowledge that a man has been knocking about the Wigton and Abbey districts for several weeks gathering brambles, and sleeping in lodging houses we are rudely awakened to the danger.
For years the mushroom and bramble berry gatherers have come into country districts in shoals, filling to repletion our licensed lodging houses and finding and finding nightly shelter in cottages unlicensed and in every way unsuitable to be used as such. Not only this, but they have given the medical officers, and the other poor law officers, relieving officers, a great deal of trouble.
Two or three wet days compel these migrants to remain idle, and the thriftless, shiftless men and women find time to seek out some ailment and flee for refuge to the Union doctor.