Research Article

Communicable disease associated with milk and dairy products in England and Wales 1951-80.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 284 doi: (Published 12 June 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;284:1761
  1. N S Galbraith,
  2. P Forbes,
  3. C Clifford


    In England and Wales between 1951 and 1980 233 reported outbreaks of communicable disease attributed to milk or dairy products affected nearly 10 000 people, of whom four died. Tuberculosis and brucellosis have been controlled, but milk-borne outbreaks of salmonellosis and campylobacter enteritis due to raw or defectively pasteurised milk are common and may be increasing in number. Universal heat treatment of milk is an effective preventive measure, and it is regrettable that the continued sale of untreated milk is to be permitted in England and Wales.