In our last communications,1 we reported a series of agglutination tests on twenty-three goats, eight of which gave a positive reaction with the Micrococcus melitensis. In this paper also we reported seven additional cases of Malta fever, three of which had occurred in the Nueces River cañon, in Edwards County, the principal goat raising section of the state. In this county there are approximately 175,000 goats, the individual herds ranging from 500 to 6,000 goats each. These herds consist almost entirely of finely bred Angora goats and are raised for the mohair which they produce. A few Spanish and Maltese goats are still to be found in each herd. The pure bred Angoras were first imported in 1867 from Asia Minor, by Harris. The more recent importations have been almost exclusively from South Africa.
In view of the fact that the disease has been prevalent in this county for
GENTRY ER, FERENBAUGH TL. MALTA FEVER IN TEXAS: A REPORT ON THE SERUM REACTION OF ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT GOATS IN EDWARDS COUNTY FOURTH PAPER. JAMA. 1911;LVII(14):1127. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090349015
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