Journal of Hygiene

Research Article

Corynebacterium ulcerans in humans and cattle in North Devon

R. J. C. Harta1

a1 Public Health Laboratory, Church Lane, Heavitree, Exeter


A case of Corynebacterium ulcerans sore throat in a community that drank raw milk from its own farm led to the discovery of another symptomless human infection. Eight cows in the herd were found to be infected and the intermittent pattern of excretion was demonstrated in another cow followed through its lactation. Further evidence of milk infected by C. ulcerans was found by examining all raw milk samples submitted to the laboratory. Two other human cases were diagnosed in Devon during the period of this investigation.

(Received October 27 1983)

(Accepted November 14 1983)