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July 16, 1910

Current Comment

JAMA. 1910;55(3):223-225. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330030045018

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MALTA FEVER  Commenting on a question recently asked in the British House of Common, relative to the infection of goats with Malta fever, Nature, June 16, says that what makes these animals so dangerous in the spread of the desease is the fact that they themselves are so immune. If Malta fever caused in the goat high fever and the other symptoms that it does in man, the animal would cease to be a danger. It would be confined to its stable and its milk would run dry. As it is, the infected goat keeps in apparent perfect health; and therefore the Maltese themselves refuse to believe that the disease is spread through the medium of the milk and have been exporting their infected goats and thus spreading the disorder.

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