Monday, January 24, 2000, 2:12:56 PM, you wrote:
>>Brucellosis or bangs disease is nasty stuff. Cows with it abort and people
>>made great effort to get rid of it. I grew up in Wisconsin and in the
>>1950's the state worked hard to rid herds of it.
>>Drinking milk from infected cows lead to undulant or rheumatic fever
>>which I think could cause heart problems. I am recalling all this
>>from the 50's but I that is how I remember this.
Brucellosis or undulant or Malta fever & rheumatic fever are two
different diseases entirely.
Rheumatic fever is an auto immune disease that can cause enlargement
of the heart and is propitiated by the beta-hemolytic streptococcus
Type A bacteria that causes strep throat.
Brucellosis has been eliminated in places like New Zealand. It took
them 7 years and the control program instituted by the NZ Ministry of
Agriculture and Fishery MAF (this too is from memory) was very
comprehensive, plus participation by NZ's dairymen was high and of
course NZ's natural boundaries are surrounded by the ocean.
Their TB control program was good too but TB's not likely to be
eliminated. MAF discovered that TB was being spread from raccoons to
deer (NZ has big domesticated deer herds) to cows to people.
I have no medical degree. I just consulted for a municipal govt and
the state health secretariat on zoonotic disease, above all in milk.
Information sources for the study I did and the Zoonosis Control
Program I developed included the state and federal legislation plus
that of Spain and the U.S. as cited by "Microbacteriological Criteria
of Food", published by the National Academic Press, prepared by the
National Research Council and sent by the head of it's Board on
Agriculture (along with a lot more) who is a member of this list (now
consulting in private); as well as Agriculture Canada's Zoonosis
Control Program and a lot of literature from both the World Health
Organization and the Pan-American Health Organization.
Surprisingly, Mexico's legislation turned out to be quite up to date.
It may even be fully applied one day. (Things have improved but still
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