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June 7, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(23):1520-1521. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480230048013

Although most of the infectious diseases which affect the lower animals are not transmissible to man, there are certain diseases to which both man and some domestic animals are susceptible and which may be directly transferred from such animals to the human subject. The probability that man may acquire tuberculosis by infection through milk which contains tubercle bacilli has been brought forward by sanitarians so prominently that the laity is now fully alive to the danger of using milk from tuberculous cows. Man also contracts glanders from horses, actinomycosis from cattle affected with lumpy-jaw, and hydrophobia from the bite of rabid dogs. People do not usually know that domestic animals may be dangerous as carriers of infections of other sorts. Cats and dogs have been known to be the means of carrying the infectious agents of diphtheria and scarlatina from one child to others. Beside acting as the simple vehicle