Preventing brucellosis

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 problem, don't consumeunpasteurised milk or milk products, and only eat meat that has been thoroughly cooked.

Cheese and other milk products imported illegally from countries where brucellosis is common may not have been pasteurised. Cases have occurred in the UK as a result of eating such products.

If you work closely with animals thatcould be infected,make sure you wear adequate protective clothing. This might include gloves, an apron, goggles, and a mask that covers your nose and mouth.

Make sure that any wounds youhave are cleaned and covered with a suitable dressing or bandage beforedealing with animals, and make sure to clean your skin thoroughly afterwards with water, soap and a disinfectant.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018