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November 1931


Am J Dis Child. 1931;42(5):1103-1108. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940180053007

In the last few years there has been a great deal of interest aroused in this country in undulant fever. Many cases have been reported from various parts of the country. A great deal of careful and interesting work has been done by bacteriologists, physicians and veterinarians trying to determine the etiology, characteristics and effects of the disease. The bulk of evidence today would indicate that there is a definite relationship between the disease known as abortive fever, which occurs in cattle and hogs, and the disease known as undulant fever, which occurs in man. It would also appear that Malta fever of caprine origin is closely related to undulant and abortive fever. There seems to be sufficient evidence to prove that persons may become infected by drinking raw milk from cows that have had abortive fever. The surprising thing, however, is that the incidence of undulant fever among people

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