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The Milk Consumed in Paris
The veterinary inspection service of Paris and the department of the Seine has just published a report on the milk consumed in Paris. The first point worthy of note is the frequency of tuberculosis in milch cows. Of 15,637 milch cows subjected to the tuberculin test in recent years, 5,375, or 34.35 per cent., gave a positive reaction. The percentage of tuberculous cows varies considerably from year to year, but no frank tendency toward a decrease can be noted as yet.The bacterial count in the milk examined gives startling results. In fifty-nine specimens examined, the bacterial count resulted as follows: Forty-two, or 75 per cent., contained more than 10,000 bacteria per cubic centimeter; thirty-five, or62 per cent., contained 50,000 bacteria per cubic centimeter; twenty-nine, or 52 per cent., 100,000 bacteria per cubic centimeter; twelve, or 21 per cent., 500,000 bacteria, and four, or 7
PARIS. JAMA. 1923;80(17):1255-1256. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640440069021