An outbreak of Typhoid among the 1,500 prisoners in Johannesburg's overcrowded-unsanitary Fort Prison, panicked white and coloured people alike to emergency medical centres set up to provide mass innoculations: VISNEWS May 25 filmed heavy queues awaiting their 'jab'...
G.TOP V.Johannesburg (fort area).
LV. African native area showing unhygienic conditions in street.
SV. Kiddies playing in street.
GV.PAN.Ambulance arriving at Baragwaneth Hospital.
CU. Name of Hospital.
LV.PAN.Ambulance arriving at hospital.
SV. Patient getting out of ambulance.
SV. Newspaper placard.
SV.INT.Albert Street Clinic, girl receiving innoculation.
CU. Girl's arm.
CU. Of paratyphoid serum box containing bottles.
SV. African nurse preparing syringe.
CU. Arm receiving innoculation.
CU.Front V. African receiving injection (pulls face).
BACK V.Another African receiving injection.
GV.EXT.Africans receiving mass innoculations in Albert Street.
S.TOP V.Nurse giving innoculations.
CU.PAN.Of Africans waiting to receive innoculations.
GV. Public Health Department Hoek Street, Europeans lining up for innoculations.
SV.PAN.Europeans lining up in street.
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Background: An outbreak of Typhoid among the 1,500 prisoners in Johannesburg's overcrowded-unsanitary Fort Prison, panicked white and coloured people alike to emergency medical centres set up to provide mass innoculations: VISNEWS May 25 filmed heavy queues awaiting their 'jab'...scenesa around the Fort Prison area...the overworked Baragwaneth hospital for non-Europeans...and unsanitary living conditions in one of the many poor class coloured quarters.
Two cases of Typhoid were confirmed by the hospital April 14 after prison authorities had sent them cases suffering from 'gastro-enteritis'. Despite this information official confirmation was not forthcoming until an emergency press call May 11 revealed that more cases had been reported and were now patients at the hospital. The death-roll reached eight with more than 100 suspects.
The prison, in the heart of the most densely populated European area in South Africa, was 'frozen off' a from the City itself. The Director of Prisons refused persission to six City councillors to visit the Prison and see for themselves. Prisoners continued to be detained and released.
Latest reports indicate an end to the 'epidemic'. There have been no more deaths and the number of cases held and being admitted to City hospitals is decreasing.