Brucellosis is a bacterialinfection originating in animals that can cause long-lasting flu-like symptoms. It's rare in most developed countries.
In mainland Britain, brucellosis has effectively been wiped out from cattle, goats, sheep and pigs through the vaccination of animals,the test and slaughter of infected herds and the pasteurisation of milk.
However,brucellosis is still a problem globally it's the most common bacterial infection spread from animals to humans worldwide.
It's a particular problem in parts of:
An average of 10 cases of brucellosis are diagnosed each year in England and Wales,and these are almostalwaysin people who have acquired it abroad.
Brucellosis is a bacterial infection originating in animals that can cause long-lasting flu-like symptoms. It's rare in most developed countries.
Humans usually become infected with brucellosis in one of the following ways: by consuming unpasteurised milk or milk products (such as soft cheeses) from infected animals, or very rarely, by eati
Brucellosis doesn't always cause symptoms, andthe infection may persist for several months without you knowing. In some people, symptoms will develop suddenly. In others, symptoms may develop gradual
Brucellosis is usually diagnosed by taking a blood sample and sending this to a laboratory. The blood sample is tested for the antibodies against the brucellosis bacteria. The infection is treated wi
There is no human vaccine to protect you against brucellosis, so it's important to take precautions to prevent infection if you're at risk. If you're travelling to an area where brucellosis is a prob