Victorian Diseases Invades Somerset Again


There is a growing trend of people being admitted to hospitals in Somerset because of diseases such as tuberculosis, gout, and whooping cough. These so-called Victorian diseases have also affected nearby places such as Bristol and South Gloucestershire. According to statistics from the NHS Digital Show between 2017 and 2018, there were a total of 260 persons being admitted and treated as inpatients in different hospitals within the area that was affected by at least one of these diseases.

These Victorian diseases were called as such because they were prevalent during the 19th century where poverty was an all-time high. These 13 diseases include measles, tuberculosis, gout, malnutrition, whooping cough, scurvy, measles, scarlet fever, typhoid fever, mumps, diphtheria, cholera, rickets, and vitamin D deficiency.

The figures provided by the NHS Digital Show also indicates that more than half or 175 patients were being admitted in the area because of gout. For those who don’t know, gout is a form of arthritis that is caused by too much uric acid in a person’s bloodstream. The data also shows that there were a total of 40 persons that were confined because of tuberculosis and 20 were admitted because of malnutrition. Scarlet fever contributed 15 hospital admissions, and vitamin D deficiency was accounted for 10 patients. The data also indicates that there were a lot of cases of cough, mumps, and measles during that specific period.

As a whole, there were a total of 13,260 hospital admissions related to the Victorian diseases in England between the year of 2017 and 2018. This is almost a 2 percent increase compared to the 13,036 hospital admissions that were recorded in the previous years. Government agencies such as the Department of Health and Public Health England is aware of the situation and is doing the necessary actions to control and prevent the rise of these Victorian diseases in the whole country.