Brucellosis

Brucellosis is a bacterial infection that spreads from animals to people. Most commonly, people are infected by eating raw or unpasteurized dairy products. Sometimes, the bacteria that cause brucellosis can spread through the air or through direct contact with infected animals.

People who work with animals or who come into contact with infected blood are at higher risk of brucellosis. Examples include: Veterinarians and dairy farmers.
  • Symptoms
  • Joint pain

    • At hip

    • Knees

    or Pain in ankle region without achilles tendon

    common

    Back pain

    • Lower

    or Muscle pain

    common

    Fever

    • Greater than or equal to 38°C (100.4°F)

    • With chills

    common

    Headache

    • Frontal region

    • Chronic or persistent pain

    • Throbbing

    • Occurs or worsens with physical activity

    • Recurrent

    common

    Excessive sweating

    • Occurs or worsens at night

    common

    Fatigue

    common

  • Risk factors
  • Raw dairy product consumption

  • Treatment
  • The infection is treated with a course of antibiotics for at least 6 weeks. It's important to finish your course even if you start to feel better.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Brucellosis, then a visit to an infectious disease specialist is highly recommended.

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