WILLIAM R. VIS, M.D.
About twenty-five years ago1 attention was directed toward the Island of Malta because of the prevalence there of undulant fever.2 An intensive study proved that goats harbored the disease and that raw goat's milk was capable of transmitting the infection to man.3
The infecting organism was identified as Brucella melitensis4 and the diagnosis of the infection was simplified by the development of serum agglutination tests5.
The study of Brucella melitensis has not been confined to Malta and adjacent Mediterranean regions but has now embraced grazing areas in every continent. In the United States the disease was found to be common
VIS WR. Undulant Fever In Man. Report Of A Case Due To Brucella Abortus. Ann Intern Med. ;3:714–716. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-3-7-714
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1930;3(7):714-716.
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