Filthy vessels: milk safety and attempts to restrict the spread of bovine tuberculosis in Queensland

Colclough, Gillian (2010) Filthy vessels: milk safety and attempts to restrict the spread of bovine tuberculosis in Queensland. Health and History, 12 (1). pp. 6-26. ISSN 1442-1771

Abstract

Bovine tuberculosis is a dangerous mycobacterium that can be conveyed to humans in the meat and milk of cattle. By the mid-1800s, when health scientists began arguing about its zoonotic potential and danger to humans, the disease was well established in Australian cattle herds. This article examines the Queensland response to bovine tuberculosis from the late 1800s to the 1940s, when the problem of tubercular cattle could no longer be ignored. It shows that 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. As such, it was tardy in addressing bovine tuberculosis.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Electronic version not held.
Depositing User: Dr Gillian Colclough
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2011 04:39
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2014 05:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: bovine tuberculosis; public health
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070299 Animal Production not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111711 Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920404 Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response)
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.5401/healthhist.12.1.0006
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18424

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