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Salmonella Infections, Networks of Knowledge, and Public Health in Britain, 1880-1975$
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Anne Hardy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198704973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704973.001.0001

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Field and Farm

Field and Farm

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Salmonella Infections, Networks of Knowledge, and Public Health in Britain, 1880-1975

Anne Hardy

Oxford University Press

In the 1940s Britain’s veterinary community was alerted to the connections between animal and human Salmonella infections, through the medium of animal carriers. Such infections had previously been considered very rare among British food and farm animals, but in the years after World War II their considerable presence, notably in cattle herds, poultry flocks, and modern intensive farming systems, was realized. This chapter traces the recognition of the dimensions of the Salmonella problem as the commonality of infecting serotypes between food creatures and humans was repeatedly demonstrated. Animal feedstuffs were shown to introduce new serotypes into livestock and the human food chain, and to spread further among domestic livestock through commercial exchanges and intensive farming practices. In these years, the difficulties of controlling such infections within modern food production systems were discovered.

Keywords:   veterinarians, Salmonella, food animals, poultry, carriers, feedstuffs, intensive farming

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