September 13, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(11):799-800. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720110035013

Much is being written today on the public health aspects of the undulant fever problem. A recently published bulletin of the California Department of Public Health12 on this subject, prepared by the University of California committee for the study of this disease, is timely. It covers fully the history, the principal clinical characteristics, the epidemiology and the control measures for undulant fever.

The epidemiologic feature carries the following significant statements as to infection from raw milk: "Raw milk from goats or cows should not be directly blamed unless laboratory data are obtained as the shedding of organisms in the milk or the extent of the infection in the herd determined by agglutination tests or by history of recent abortions in the herd or the recent use of live organism abortus vaccines, or by positive results from direct inoculation of guinea-pigs of centrifugalized specimens of pooled milk samples. Any assumption

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