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cording to the sanitary rules and regulations made by said board as aforesaid ; and if any such person shall fail or refuse to comply with and obey the said directions and requirements of said board, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not less than ten nor more than 100 dollars. Such local board shall enforce within their county all the lawful rules and regulations of the State Board of Health applicable to such county. It shall be the duty of practicing physicians in any county in which there is such local board of health to report promptly all or any diseases of the above named character under treatment by him, and said local board shall once at least in every three months report to the State Board of Health the character of all such infectious, contagious, endemic and epidemic diseases; the number of per: sons reported as infected with said diseases; the action taken by the local board to arrest the progress of every such disease, and the visible effects, if any, of such action. The following rules and regulations are suggested for the adoption and guidance of local boards of health :
first Wednesday after the first Monday of January, April, July and October.
REGULATIONS CONCERNING SPECIAL NUISANCES, SUGGESTED FOR THE
ADOPTION AND GUIDANCE OF LOCAL BOARDS OF HEALTH.
Privy-Vaults, Cesspool and Drains. RULE I. No privy-vault, cesspool or reservoir, into which a privy, water closet, stable, or sink, is drained, except it is watertight, shall be established or permitted within — feet of a well, spring, or other source of water used for drinking or culinary purposes, without written permission of the local board of health, based upon the advice of the health officer of the board. Earth closets, or earth privies, with no vault below the surface of the ground, may be excepted in this rule, by written permission of the board of health, but sufficient dry earth or coal ashes must be used daily to absorb all that part of the doposit. The entire contents must be removed when necessary.
[Note-The positive evidence of the infection of water from such sources is so abundant and conclusive that no question of the importance of this regulation can be entertained. The blank respecting distance should be varied in different places, according to the nature of the soil as respects porosity and the formation of the substrata, but in no case should be less than fifty feet. Dry earth and coal-ashes are efficient disfectants, if used in sufficient quantity. Wood ashes are very inferior disinfectants.]
RULE II. All privy-vaults, cesspools or reservoirs named in Rule I. shall be cleaned out at least once a ycar, between the 1st day of November and the 1st day of April, and not at other seasons under such restrictions as the board of health may prescribe. And from the 1st of April to the 1st of November every privy-vault and cesspool in the district shall be thoroughly disinfected by adding to the contents thereof, twice every month, two pounds of copperas dissolved in a large pailful of water.
RULE III. All sewage drains that pass within fifty feet of any source of water supply for drinking or culinary purposes shall be watertight, and in sandy and porous subsoil the limit shall be one hundred feet, and all drains shall be watertight for a distance of not less fifty feet from any occupied dwelling, workshop or place of business.
RULE IV.—No sewage drain shall empty into any stream, lake, pond or other source of water used for drinking purposes, or for ice supply, or into any standing water, within the jurisdiction of this Board.
RULE V.-No person shall keep and maintain upon his premises at any time, any privy, water-closet, cesspool, sink, drain or other like receptacle, except in a cleanly and inoffensive condition.
Regulations Concerning Garbage. RULE VI.—No person permit the accumulation in or around the immediate vicinity of any dwelling house or place of business under his control, of surface matter, such as swill waste of meat, fish or shells, bones, decaying vegetables, dead carcasses, or any kind of offal, until decomposition may generate unhealthy gasses and possibly propogate disease germs.
RULE VII.-No person sha'l throw, dump or deposit any filth, garbage, decaying animal or vegetable matter, which may become prejudicial to public health, upon any vacant lot, highway, park, or public place. This does not preclude the proper use of fertilizers.
RULE VIII.—No person shall throw, dump, or deposit any offal, or other offensive substances, or the carcass of any animal into any stream, brook, canal, flum, raceway, lake, pond, spring, or into any catch basin or street gutter, within the jurisdiction of this Board.
Regulation Concerning Food. RULE IX.—No article of food or drink intended for human use or consumption, nor any article which may be used in the composition or preparation of such food or drink, not being then healthy, fresh, sound, wholesome, fit and safe for such use; nor any animal or fish that died by disease or accident, or was slaughtered while diseased; and no carcass of any calf, pig or lamb, which at the time it was slaughtered, was less than four weeks old, and no meat therefrom shall be brought within the limits of the county of — , or offered or held for sale or sold as food any where in said county of
Regulations Concerning Contagious Diseases. RULE X.-Every householder within the limits of the county
tered while or fish that died some, fit and catoki not
of , in whose dwelling shall occur a case of small pox, scarlet fever, diphtheria, typhoid fever, typhus fever, Asiatic cholera, or yellow fever, shall immediately notify the local board of health of the same. Until instructions are received from said board or its authorized officers, clothing or other property that may have been exposed to the intection of small pox, scarlet fever, diphtheria, or typhus, fever shall not be removed from the house ; nor shall any occupant of a house in which any of these diseases are present, change his residence elsewhere, without the consent of the said board, during the prevalence of any public danger from any such disease.
RULE XI-Every physician who shall have prescribed for or attended any person having any of the diseases named in Rule X, shall forthwith report to this Board in writing, the name, age and address of such persons, also the school at which he or she at. tends, or shop or factory in which he works; and every attending physician shall report in writing to this Board the name, age and address of every person who shall have died of any said infectious disease, and this report shall be in addition to the certificate of death required for the Registrar.
RULE XII.--No superintendent, principal or teacher of any school, and no parent or guardian of any child attending school shall knowingly permit a child sick with small pox, scarlet fever, diptheria, measles, whooping cough, scaties or typthus fever, to attend school, nor shall any child residing in a house in which disease shall exist be permitted to attend school without a written permit from the local board of health.
RULE XIII.--No person shall hinder or prevent the Board of Health from securing the isolation of any person sick with a contagious disease; the disinfection of any premises or articles which have been exposed to infection; or the using of any methods or means it may deem proper to control the spread of contagious diseases.
RULE XIV.-It shall be the duty of the Health Officer, whenever informed that any person is sick with small pox, diphtheria, scarlet fever, typhoid fever, typhus fever, asiatic cholera, or yellow fever, without delay to give such instructions and orders to those in charge of the sick person with regard to isolation of the sick, disinfection anil other necessary precautions, both during the progress of the disease and after recovery, or death, as will best insure the safety of the public.
RULE XV.-To wit: It shall be sufficient notice to all persons of any regulations of this Board, if it be published in a newspaper in the county, or publicly posted for three days on the front of the court house of the county of
: and if any person shall willfully violate such rules after th j have been published or posted, or after actual notice thereof shall have been given him, he shall forfeit not less than ten, nor more than fifty dollars.
COUNTY BOARDS OF HEALTH.
BARBOUR. DR. J. W. BOSWORTH...
................................Phillippi. DR. S. S. RODERICK...............................................................Phillippi. F. S. BYER..
BROOKE. DR. W. K, CURTIS.
.................Bethany. HENRY HAMMOND.................................................................... Wellsburg. JAMES ARCHER, ............