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October 16, 1926

UNDULANT FEVER FROM BRUCELLA ABORTUS: REPORT OF TWO CASES

JAMA. 1926;87(16):1269-1271. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680160017005
Abstract

Recently, there have been scattered reports of infection in man with Brucella abortus. Evans1 and Keefer 2 in America and Orpen 3 of South Africa have described such cases; and as the course of the disease is quite similar to, if not identical with, Malta fever, which is caused by Brucella melitensis, we feel that the cases reported here should be presented, in hope that some light may be thrown on the frequency with which Brucella abortus may be incriminated as a disease-producing agent in man. Bovine infectious abortion, which is due to this organism, is a widespread disease that causes enormous losses to the cattle industry. This organism not only is responsible for the premature expulsion of the fetus by producing an inflammation of the placental tissue, but also localizes in the udders of cattle in many cases, from which it is discharged with the milk. Because of

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