An outline is given of some criteria which must be met for the eradication of brucellosis in this country. The incidence of this zoonosis and the financial loss it causes are considered, along with the ultimate benefits to be derived by the farming industry and public health from its eventual eradication.
Diagnostic tests, vaccination policy, financial incentives, educational methods, the question of notification, and the necessity for full collaboration between the medical and veterinary professions are discussed in relation to the problem as a whole.
The debates in the House of Commons and the House of Lords are mentioned as historic landmarks in the campaign against brucellosis in this country, and the progress of the present eradication scheme is summarized.
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