By Alan L. Olmstead

ISBN-10: 0674728777

ISBN-13: 9780674728776

Over sixty percentage of all infectious human ailments, together with tuberculosis, influenza, cholera, and thousands extra, are shared with different vertebrate animals. Arresting Contagion tells the tale of the way early efforts to wrestle farm animals infections grew to become the U.S. from a disease-prone state right into a international chief in controlling communicable ailments. Alan Olmstead and Paul Rhode convey that many inventions devised within the struggle opposed to animal illnesses, starting from border regulate and foodstuff inspection to drug rules and the construction of federal learn labs, supplied the basis for contemporary foodstuff safeguard courses and stay on the center of U.S. public health and wellbeing policy.

America’s first concerted attempt to manage farm animals ailments dates to the founding of the Bureau of Animal (BAI) in 1884. as the BAI represented a milestone in federal legislation of trade and undefined, the business enterprise encountered significant jurisdictional and constitutional stumbling blocks. however, it proved potent in halting the unfold of ailments, counting between its early breakthroughs the invention of Salmonella and advances within the figuring out of vector-borne diseases.

By the Forties, executive regulations had eradicated a number of significant animal ailments, saving thousands of lives and developing a version for eradication that may be used around the globe. even supposing medical advances performed a key function, govt interventions did besides. this day, a dominant fiscal ideology frowns on executive rules of the economic system, however the authors argue that during this example it was once a vital strength for good.

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Trade in purebred stock boomed; the number of animals imported for breeding purposes soared from an annual average of 5,400 in 1873–1877 to over 56,000 in 1883–1887. Through the efforts of commercial breeders, newly founded purebred associations, and progressive farmers, the “blood” of these animals was disseminating rapidly. 28 These changes brought unintended consequences, as the increased movement of breeding stock spread diseases. Improvements also fostered greater divisions within the farm sector; farmers with highvalue dairy and beef cattle developed different interests than other farmers.

Similar forces were transforming the American sheep and swine industries. S. sheep flock increased from 36 million in 1870 to 51 million by 1883— this was more than twice the sheep stock of Great Britain and about one-half of the total stock in Western Europe. As with cattle, it was common for Western ranchers to ship sheep to Midwestern farms for fattening. S. swine population increased from 37 million in 1870 to 46 million by 1883. This population dwarfed those of its trading partners. Germany was the leading Western Eu ropean producer with about 9 million swine; all of Western Europe had only 28 million.

1. S. meat and animal fats and total domestic exports, 1870–1914. Notes: “Meat and animal fats” combines Ee578 “animal fats” (fi rst available in 1882) with Ee580 “meat products” (which is called “meat and products” in 1881 and before and called “meats” from 1882 on). Years ending June 30. , Historical Statistics, vol. 5, series Ee446, Ee578, Ee580, pp. 520–22, 546– 49. Arresting | Contagion 36 the livestock improvement boom, the Treasury allowed purebred animals, accompanied by health certificates, to be imported from Great Britain and Ireland after 16 March 1876.

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