Excerpt from Twenty-First Annual Report of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, 1915
Number of animals examined, Number of carcasses examined, Number of organs examined, Meat and meat products examined, pounds.
A detailed report of transmissible diseases of animals appears under that head. This is the most important work of the Board, and close attention was given to the ordinary diseases that may be transmitted from animal to animal. However, the most transmissible disease of all ruminants and cloven-footed animals is the foot-and-mouth dis ease, from which, as an epidemic, the State suffered great losses dur ing the latter part of 1914 and the first part of 1915. The first case was found in the State on October 29, 1914, and the last case dis covered was on April 25, 1915. However, there was a general quar antine on some portion of the State extending 265 days. The infec tion occurred on 788 farms. The total amount of money used to suppress the scourge, and exterminate the disease was This, however, represented but a small part of the losses that this disease caused the people of Pennsylvania. In fact it is not possible to estimate, even approximate in dollars and cents the amount of loss to those engaged in raising or handling livestock, farm products, etc., through the loss of business caused by restrictions, embargoes, etc.
According to the summary of Aphthous Fever in 1914 and 1915, the epidemic affected 34 counties of the State, causing the loss of 788 herds, representing cattle, swine and 375 sheep.
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