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March 24, 1934

UNDULANT FEVER: ITS RELATION TO BRUCELLIASIS IN DOMESTIC ANIMALS

JAMA. 1934;102(12):902-907. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750120014006
Abstract

Brucelliasis of domestic animals, or, as it is more commonly known, abortion disease, contagious abortion, infectious abortion or Bang's disease, has long been recognized as a major infectious disease of great economic importance to the live stock industry. This disease is caused by one or more of the varieties of the organisms belonging to the Brucella group and is prevalent throughout the entire world.

A febrile disease of man variously termed Mediterranean fever, Gibraltar fever, Corsican fever, Malta fever, undulating fever, and more recently, undulant fever is caused by the same organism that is responsible for brucelliasis in domestic animals. Man acquires the disease from infected animals by ingestion of raw, contaminated dairy or meat products or by direct contact with infected animals.

The confusion in nomenclature with respect to the organism involved and the specific disease in both animals and man is unfortunate and has definitely retarded control work.

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