Mapping a Zoonotic Disease: Anglo-American Efforts to Control Bovine Tuberculosis before World War I

  title={Mapping a Zoonotic Disease: Anglo-American Efforts to Control Bovine Tuberculosis before World War I},
  author={Susan D Jones},
  pages={133 - 148}
Before World War I, British and American public health officials correlated tuberculosis in dairy cattle with severe infections in milk-drinking children. They traced bacteria in municipal milk supplies, mapped the locations of infected animals, and sought regulatory power to destroy them. Consumers, milk producers, municipal officials, veterinarians, and physicians all influenced the shape of antituberculosis regulations. Many condemned pasteurization as too costly and as masking tubercular… 
Zoonotic Aspects of Tuberculosis: Disease of the past or re-emerging zoonosis?
The role of different host species in the transmission of tuberculosis at various animal/human interfaces is investigated and a broad spectrum of complexities hampering the eradication of this disease are highlighted.
'Filthy vessels': milk safety and attempts to restrict the spread of bovine tuberculosis in Queensland.
Despite widespread concern about milk safety and increasing knowledge of the disease's aetiology, the Queensland government directed its milk safety activities towards public health education rather than the inadequacies of the dairy industry's approach to bovine tuberculosis.
The Zoonotic Tuberculosis Syndemic: A Literature Review and Analysis of the Scientific Journals Covering a Multidisciplinary Field That Includes Clinical Medicine, Animal Science, Wildlife Management, Bacterial Evolution, and Food Safety
The article reviews the steadily increasing literature on tuberculosis outbreaks involving Mycobacterium bovis, a bacillus traditionally associated with cattle and dairy products but in fact syndemic
“Reasonable Tact and Diplomacy”: Disease Management and Bovine Tuberculosis in North America: 1890 - 1950
The tremendous collaboration between Canada and the United States in terms of bovine tuberculosis thinking and practice that saw management efforts unfold is explored, and light is shed on an underexplored body of individuals who were critical to the suppression and management of not only bovines tuberculosis, but a host of other infectious diseases.
Feeding sentinels: Logics of care and biosecurity in farms and labs
This article compares the treatment of living beings (unvaccinated chickens and infected cells) considered as sentinel devices in a farm and in a lab in Hong Kong. Sentinel devices are defined as
Infectious Rats and Dangerous Cows: Transnational Perspectives on Animal Diseases in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
  • C. Knab
  • History
    Contemporary European History
  • 2011
Abstract From the late nineteenth century onwards, the danger of animal diseases crossing national borders became increasingly apparent. The vast increase in the global trade in animals and animal
Performativity and a microbe: Exploring Mycobacterium bovis and the political ecologies of bovine tuberculosis
This study demonstrates the value of life scientists turning to the social sciences to re-view their familiar professional habitus—challenging assumptions, and offering alternative perspectives on complex problems.
A historical synopsis of farm animal disease and public policy in twentieth century Britain
  • A. Woods
  • Economics, History
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • 2011
It is demonstrated how, by precipitating changes to farming and trading practices, public policy could sometimes actually undermine farm animal health.
A Genealogy of Animal Diseases and Social Anthropology (1870-2000).
The article describes what Herbert Spencer wrote about foot-and-mouth disease; what William Robertson Smith thought about sacrifice in the context of bovine tuberculosis; how Emile Durkheim took vaccination for smallpox as a metaphor for the pathologies of the social; and what Claude Lévi-Strauss wrote about mad cow disease.
Infectious milk: issues of pathogenic certainty within ideational regimes and their biopolitical implications.
  • Stephen W. Speake
  • Political Science
    Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences
  • 2011


Tuberculosis in Cattle
The practicability of such a scheme as that issued by the National Veterinary Medical Association is made evident and the cost, if shared by the State, the local authorities, and the farmer, should not be heavy, whereas the benefit to the cattle industry and the community in general would be very considerable.
In guarding the milk supply the authors are not confronted solely with the question of infantile sickness and death, with possible outbreaks of infectious disease through milk, but with a far larger problem, one of the greatest of social problems, that of the future of the race.
It is said that ordinary milk, while of almost universal use, is the most uncleanly article of food on the authors' tables.
  • 清田 亮夫
  • Medicine, Environmental Science
    Canadian Medical Association journal
  • 1945
Pasteurization is still in its infancy in India, the vast majority of the people being content with boiled milk, but the demand for pasteurized milk is growing, and it is probable that this demand will increase in future.
The Milk Question
THE milk question is very much to the fore at the present time, and the appearance of this work is therefore opportune, and, although it embodies American views and practice, a great deal of it is
If the milk supply of the city is divided into three classes, and an efficient supervision provided, the consumer will be amply protected in securing clean and uncontaminated milk, the following recommendations are respectfully submitted.
Control of bovine tuberculosis.
  • N. Hart
  • Medicine
    The Veterinary record
  • 2003
Safeguarding the Public Health: Newark
  • Hist. Med
  • 1972