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The Eradication of Bovine Tuberculosis in the United States in a Comparative Perspective

In: Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries

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  • Alan L. Olmstead

    (University of California)

  • Paul W. Rhode

    (University of Michigan)

Abstract

At the dawn of the twentieth century, tuberculosis (TB) was the leading cause of death in the industrialized world. In 1900, TB caused about 1 out of every 9 deaths in the United States. Death represented only a fraction of the disease’s cost because, besides those that succumbed, countless others were permanently crippled and wasted away in pain. It is probable that 10% or more of U.S. TB sufferers had contracted the bovine form of the disease. Infected milk products were the main conduit to humans; however, other cattle products, direct contact with cattle, and swine products all posed a danger. Bovine-type infections were far more common in nonpulmonary cases and in children, especially infants. The mysteries of this classic zoonotic disease needed to be understood before effective action could be taken.

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  • Alan L. Olmstead & Paul W. Rhode, 2012. "The Eradication of Bovine Tuberculosis in the United States in a Comparative Perspective," Natural Resource Management and Policy, in: David Zilberman & Joachim Otte & David Roland-Holst & Dirk Pfeiffer (ed.), Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries, edition 1, chapter 0, pages 7-30, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:nrmchp:978-1-4419-7077-0_2
    DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-7077-0_2
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    1. Alan L. Olmstead, 2020. "Historical and Institutional Perspectives on American Agricultural Development," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 102(2), pages 400-418, March.

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