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August 26, 1916


JAMA. 1916;LXVII(9):683. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590090037012

The recent outbreak, in an Eastern city, of an epidemic of infectious sore throat, directly traceable to a single milk supply, has again brought up the question of the pasteurization of milk offered for public sale. A prominent New York daily newspaper repeats in its editorial columns the often reiterated advice, "Drink no raw milk"; the state board of health, in whose jurisdiction the epidemic occurred, is scored because it does not profit by experience and enact an ordinance permanently enforcing pasteurization of all milk sold in that state, inasmuch as the impossibility of protection by dairy inspection alone is established.

This sort of publicity directs attention anew to the claims of the advocates of pasteurization. The bacteriologist of the Dairy Division of the federal Bureau of Animal Industry has tersely reviewed the present status of the subject in a government bulletin which will be of interest to health officers

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