Brucellosis Melitensis

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Gerald Wills Mr Gerald Wills , Bridgwater 12:00 am, 27th July 1959

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will give an assurance that there is no danger of the spread of brucellosis melitensis to other herds following the disposal of animals from a herd suffering from this disease.

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

My Ministry has no knowledge of a case where a spread of infection to other herds has occurred. But I am told that in theory this possibility cannot be ruled out.

Photo of Mr Arthur Champion Mr Arthur Champion , Derbyshire South East

Will the right hon. Gentleman look very carefully into this matter, having regard to the fact that this disease can bring about undulant fever in human beings and therefore is extremely dangerous?

Photo of Mr John Hare Mr John Hare , Sudbury and Woodbridge

I can assure the hon. Gentleman that I have studied this case with the very greatest care. I have considerable sympathy with the owner of this herd.