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Document ID (ISN)21856
CIS number 74-1991
ISSN - Serial title 0003-9896 - Archives of Environmental Health
Year 1974
Convention or series no.
Author(s) White P.C., Baker E.F., Roth A.J., Williams W.J., Stephens T.S.
Title Brucellosis in a Virginia meat-packing plant.
Bibliographic information May 1974, Vol.28, No.5, p.263-271. Illus. 9 ref.
Abstract In a 13-month period, 45 male workers in a meat-packing plant in Virginia contracted clinical brucellosis confirmed by laboratory findings. From the study carried out on the human and animal populations and the environment, it appears that the cases occurred through exposure to infected swine. Of 2,275 swine serologically tested, 4.6% were positive for Brucella antibodies. Air sampling confirmed the presence of brucellae in the atmosphere. Although improvement of hygiene and exhaust systems in the plant may be of benefit, the disease can be eliminated only through surveillance of swine herds.
Descriptors (primary) meat industry; brucellosis
Descriptors (secondary) USA; swine; serological reactions; veterinary surveillance; air sampling
Document type -
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Food industry
Bacterial and parasitic diseases