Brucella Abortus Infection in Man

Barbour, William Johnstone (1930) Brucella Abortus Infection in Man. MD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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From a survey of the complete table of results one finds that the largest proportion of cases occur in the byre workers, 50% of them showing agglutination with Br. abortus, and it is interesting to note that one of the other patients whose serum showed agglutination in a fairly high dilution 1:150 was employed in the byre up till January of this year when he was transferred to another part of the institution. No female cases were recorded in the series of results. None of the female patients worked in the byre, but milk from the farm played a large part in their diet. This fact seems to substantiate the view that direct contact with infected cattle is a more likely source of infection than the drinking of cow's milk. It has to be noted that half the cases occur in patients under 30 years of age, supporting the statement that in young patients the blood is more likely to contain agglutinins. Seven cases gave a titre of 1:50, i.e. 20 or 26 units, and from the negative history of any prolonged pyrexia it would seem to indicate that such a titre has little significance in the diagnosis of undulant fever due to Br. abortus. The diagnostic agglutination-titre has already been mentioned, but as yet there is no definitely accepted titre.

Item Type: Thesis (MD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Medicine, Pathology, Epidemiology, Occupational safety
Date of Award: 1930
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1930-79845
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2020 09:09
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 09:09

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