ON ANTHRAX: AN EPIZOOTOLOGICAL-CLINICAL STUDY
ARMY BIOLOGICAL LABS FREDERICK MD
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The report presents several typical cases and describes the results of various treatments on humans and domestic animals. Hereby is seen the importance of early serum treatment and prophylactic treatment of threatened but healthy animals and of conservative clinical treatment with anthrax serum in humans. Although few cases had poor results with serum in domestic animals, the importance of having fully efficacious serum is emphasized. The so-called cold treatment of animals affected by anthrax in combination with serum treatment has constantly given good results. If early treatment is instituted, practically all secondary cases could be saved. The serum should be furnished free to the animal owner. To obtain exact statistics, the veterinarians diagnosis should be checked microscopically by a laboratory. Cremation of all anthrax-infected carcasses should be obligatory to eliminate the risk of occurrence of spores in the soil. The simultaneous treatment should be used when the disease has spread to several areas in threatened herds, and an up-to-date vaccine should be prepared.
- Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine