§ MR. PICTON (Leicester)
asked the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Agriculture, Whether a case of cow disease occurring in Wiltshire was investigated by Professor Crook-shank, of the Bacteriological Laboratory, at the request of the Agricultural Department of the Privy Council; whether he arrived at the conclusion that the disease was identical with the Hen-don outbreak, to which the Report of the Local Government Board for 1886 (pp. xiv. xv.) attributed the generation of scarlet fever among the consumers of the milk of the affected cows; whether he expressed a conviction that the disease was in both cases the true Jennerian cow-pox; and, whether he has identified certain micro-organisms (particularly streptococcus pyogenes) as occurring in both instances, and also in vaccine virus, in erysipelas, in pyæmia, and other infective diseases?
§ SIR HERBERT MAXWELL (A LORD of the TREASURY) (Wigton)
(who replied) said: Some months ago Professor Brown was instructed to make an inquiry as to the existence among cows of an eruptive disease of the teats which it was alleged in one case—the Hendon outbreak—had induced scarlatina in man by the agency of the milk. In the course of the inquiry he availed himself of Professor Crookshank's offered assistance in working out the micro-pathology of the affection. In regard to the outbreak in Wiltshire, Professsor Crookshank has stated that he considered the disease was the Jennerian cow-pox. Professor Crookshank has not yet furnished a Report on the micro-organism of the cow-disease. A Report on the whole subject is now being prepared, and will be issued as soon as possible by the Agricultural Department.