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Llanidloes National School - Infants 5
The epidemics

  Whooping cough, scarlet fever, and mumps
Just as the effect of the weather on school attendance is a recurring topic in the School Log Books of Llanidloes National School, as with most other early schools, so too is the health of the pupils.
In 1911 the Log Book noted that the school had been closed for nine weeks due to "various epidemics, diptheria being one of them".
National School
Log Book
School log book entry 
  The entry above, dated 12th September 1890, is sadly typical of very many such references over the years. It reads as follows:
"The attendance has been poor this week; more than half the number of children whose names are on the registers being absent with "whooping cough".
County Archives
School log book entry 

Another, dated earlier in the same year, 9th May 1890, reads:
"The attendance has been very poor on account of Scarlet Fever. Several deaths have taken place in the town this week".
Similarly, an entry from February 1889 noted that "The average attendance has been pulled down considerably during the last three weeks, most of the children having been absent on account of Mumps". 

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