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January 13, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(2):121-122. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640290051021

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Protection Against Anthrax  In a previous letter, the establishment by the government of a station for the disinfection of wool and hair at Liverpool was described. A report has now been issued on the work done. The disinfection process is carried out in seven stages; the machinery for opening the bales, feeding the material into machines, disinfecting, drying, cooling and rebaling is so designed as to permit of the carrying out of all seven stages in sequence as one operation, without handling of the material by workmen. Hydraulically pressed bales, as imported, are placed on the moving platform of a feeding and opening machine, and the steel bands and canvas covers are removed. The material is delivered into the first process machine, where it is submitted for ten minutes to a dilute alkaline solution at 102 F., to remove the albuminous material by which the anthrax spores are protected. It

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