Paratyphoid serum, France, 1915

Made:
1915 in France
maker:
Laboratoire de Sérothérapie de l'Armée

Ampoule of paratyphoid A and B serum, by Laboratoire de Serotherapie de l'Armee, French, 1915.

The symptoms of paratyphoid, a disease similar to typhoid are a prolonged fever and diarrhoea accompanied by a pink rash. The disease is spread through infected water, food and milk. There are two types of the disease, A and B, and this serum was used to immunise people against both.

The maker’s name translates from French as “Army Serotherapy Laboratory”. Serotheraphy is the treatment of infectious disease by injection of immune serum. This serum was produced for use in the First World War by French troops. However, there was dispute over how effective the serum was with a number of men still contracting the disease despite immunisation.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A629769 Pt1
Materials:
complete, glass, paper, serum
Measurements:
undefined
type:
immune serum
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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