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and tanked at the large local abattoirs maintaining United States inspection.
Legislation should be enacted which will eradicate this traffic in diseased meat.
CONTAGIOUS DISEASES AMONG ANIMALS.
Rabies.—The live-stock inspectors in the District have been very actively engaged in suppressing this disease. All reported cases are examined, as well as all dogs reported bitten by rabid dogs. All dogs secured by the pound with records of having bitten persons are regularly inspected by the veterinarians, one of whom is on duty every morning for this purpose. Ninety-nine dogs have been examined and 68 proven cases of rabies have been reported during the fiscal year by the Bureau of Animal Industry. Thirty-one dogs exposed to rabies have been quarantined for a year; such dogs are kept under observation from time to time by the inspectors, aided by the police department. Several of these dogs have been surrendered to the pound and destroyed since being put in quarantine.
Glanders.--Four investigations for glanders have been made during the year and three cases were discovered and destroyed. Two horses were quarantined on account of exposure. Three stables have been disinfected on account of glanders during the year.
Hog cholera. - There have been no cases reported during the year.
Influenza.—This disease has occurred sporadically throughout the year, but has never assumed the appearance of becoming epidemic. Respectfully submitted.
John P. TURNER, V. M. D.,
Inspector of Live Stock and Dairy Farms. WM. C. WOODWARD, M. D.,
Health Officer, District of Columbia.
REPORT OF SMOKE INSPECTOR.
WASHINGTON, July 22, 1908. Sir: I have the honor to present the following report of the operations under the law for the prevention of smoke in the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1908.
During the year there has continued a gradual improvement in the management of all of the more than 300 plants in the District. Complaints are less frequent and the observations continue to disclose the fact that every effort is being put forth by the owners and managers of the plants to strictly comply with the law.
While there has been a small increase in the number of violations reported and prosecution instituted, this is explained in the fact that the number of observations have been greatly increased (nearly three times as many as last year), and the hours of observations for mornings and evenings have been extended and increased.
I beg leave to repeat my recommendation of last year for the employment of another inspector that the plants in the county section may be kept under close observation.
I also renew my recommendation of last year that the law be amended to cover nuisances from smoke in all cases, whether from locomotives, or steamboats on the river, or private residences, where a nuisance in fact can be shown.
All fines imposed by the court during the year have been paid and no case has been appealed. In fact there has been no contest in the court over any case that has been referred by this department to the corporation counsel during the year. In each case the plea has been guilty and the only matter to be adjusted was to fix the amount of the fine.
The following tabular statement shows briefly the results of the operations during the year: Observations....
15, 855 Violations reported.
1, 179 Cases referred to the corporation counsel Cases pending at last report. Cases in which fines and forfeitures were paid. Cases in which personal bonds were taken.. Cases in which nolle prosequi was entered. Cases acquitted.... Cases pending at close of year. Amount of fines paid.....
$985 Amount of forfeitures paid...
$1, 580 Total amount of fines and forfeitures paid.
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I submit the following comparative table showing the operations for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1906, 1907, 1908:
EDWARD W. WHITAKER,
Smoke Inspector. WILLIAM C. WOODWARD, M. D.,
Health Officer, District of Columbia.
STATEMENT OF WORK DONE IN THE GENERAL SANITARY AND
THE FOOD-INSPECTION SERVICES.
Number of nuisances reported in the District of Columbia during the fiscal year ended
June 30, 1908, with reference to nature of nuisance and date of report.
Nature of nuisance.
for Total. fiscal
July. Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. June.
1,413 1,540 1,891 1,6451,423 991 1,356 1,349 1,9163,329 7,913 4,810 29,576 11,366
Marine products received, inspected, and condemned in the District of Columbia during the
fiscal year ended June 30, 1908.
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