March 22, 1929
ANOTHER CASE OF MALTA FEVER HERE
H. O. Heston, who has been ill since March 1,
has finally had his trouble diagnosed as malta fever. His physician
has suspected this for some time and sent tests to the state health
department for confirmation, the result of their tests being
returned last week and supporting the local diagnosis.
This is the third case of malta fever
[Brucellosis] in Elgin. W. C. Falb was first two years ago, then
Mrs. Robert Peters and now Mr. Heston. The last mentioned was sick a
long time before he realized the seriousness of his case and at
times was about his work with a fever of 103. He is taking good care
of himself now and is practically past all danger.
Several years ago, when malta fever was a rare
disease, the doctors thought that the only way a person could get
the disease was by using or coming in contact with milk from
abortive cows or goats. Later this is disproved and they have found
it can be communicated to people by eating pork or chicken and by
coming in close contact with smaller animals such as cats and dogs.