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Human and animal health: strengthening the link: Politics and economics inhibited control of anthrax last century

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7529.1407-b (Published 08 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1407
  1. Tim Carter, research associate ([email protected])
  1. Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT

    Editor—Anthrax was among the first zoonoses where human and animal differences in disease natural history and their interactions came into prominence. My recently completed study provides relevant national and local insights.1

    During 1900-14, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, had a very high incidence of anthrax from contaminated imported wools. Human cases arose in mill workers and others. There were animal outbreaks on the council sewage farm from wool …

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