Brucellosis, Cattle, Abortion, Zoonoses, Man, Western Australia
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WHEN the cow, shown in the accompanying photograph, was purchased it had a small fluid-filled lump on the left knee.
The swelling did not appear to be painful but gradually increased in size until it assumed the proportions shown in the picture.
It was a typical case of "big-knee," one of the less common manifestations of Brucellosis—the disease commonly known as contagious abortion—and a blood test of the animal confirmed the diagnosis.
Wilkinson, F C.
"Brucellosis can cause contagious abortion in cattle and Undulant Fever in man,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 1:
6, Article 18.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol1/iss6/18