Arresting Contagion: Science, Policy, and Conflicts over by Alan L. Olmstead

By Alan L. Olmstead

Over sixty percentage of all infectious human ailments, together with tuberculosis, influenza, cholera, and hundreds of thousands extra, are shared with different vertebrate animals. Arresting Contagion tells the tale of the way early efforts to strive against cattle infections became the U.S. from a disease-prone state right into a global chief in controlling communicable ailments. Alan Olmstead and Paul Rhode express that many inventions devised within the struggle opposed to animal ailments, starting from border keep watch over and meals inspection to drug laws and the production of federal examine labs, supplied the basis for contemporary meals safeguard courses and stay on the center of U.S. public healthiness policy.

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

By the Nineteen Forties, govt guidelines had eradicated numerous significant animal ailments, saving thousands of lives and developing a version for eradication that will be used worldwide. even if clinical advances performed a key function, govt interventions did to boot. this day, a dominant financial ideology frowns on executive legislation of the financial system, however the authors argue that during this example it used to be a necessary strength for good.

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Koch identified the tubercle bacillus. Charles Chamberland developed porcelain fi lters, facilitating the discovery of viruses. Theobald Smith, Cooper Curtice, and Frederick Kilborne offered fi rst proof of arthropod vector transmission of disease (Texas fever). Friedrich Loeffler and Paul Frosch discovered foot-and-mouth disease virus— the second virus and fi rst vertebrate virus. Walter Reed and others discovered yellow fever virus and transmission cycle— the fi rst human virus. Source: For a more thorough treatment, see Frederick A.

S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hired Salmon to oversee its fledgling Veterinary Division in 1883. With the creation of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) the next year, he was appointed as the agency’s fi rst chief. Scientific breakthroughs were changing how many people perceived diseases. Among most scientists, theories of contagion gained sway over those based strictly on sanitary conditions, but the public debate raged for decades. New discoveries about the causes of diseases, their transmission mechanisms, and their dangers and economic consequences were Arresting | Contagion 22 lowering the cost of control efforts and helping to build a consensus in favor of more vigorous regulation.

1 provides a capsule timeline. The German Robert Koch (1843–1910) and the Frenchman Louis Pasteur (1822–1895) were among the eminent scientists who advanced the germ theory of disease, and both conducted extensive research on animal health. Koch was trained as a physician, but he made fundamental contributions to the understanding of anthrax, tuberculosis, cholera, and other zoonoses. Pasteur was trained as a chemist and made seminal advances in the understanding and development of vaccines for anthrax, cholera, and rabies.

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