Monday, January 24, 2000, 9:18:55 AM, you wrote:
JL> Hi, Loren Muldowney said
JL> Bottom line, if I get brucellosis and die, as a result of stubbornly
JL> exercising my own judgement, then I'll be dead.
Brucellosis is very rarely fatal, usually curable within 40 days max
and sometimes but rarely chronic / incurable - but even then you can
live with it. The much more serious problem is TB, more easily
spread, often fatal if untreated and harder to cure in the best of
cases. Most of the rest of the mild zoonosis occur during or after
milking (i.e. are not present in the blood / milk prior to that) and
is therefore preventable. For Brucellosis or TB in cattle, the animals
are generally "sacrificed" and only pasturizing the milk will prevent
the diseases from spreading, if the animals are milked instead.
Healthy animals and correct handling procedures do no spread either
disease. But the public must be informed of the risks involved, just as
legislators must decide which risks are allowable and special
interests groups had best state their cases clearly and where needed.
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