Signs andsymptoms

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 gradually and be persistent or return again and again, lasting for years.

Typical symptoms include:

  • ahigh temperature (fever)
  • loss of appetite and weight loss
  • sweating
  • Headaches
  • fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • back and joint pain

These symptomstend to last a long time and can make you feel very ill, but most people will eventually make a full recovery after treatment.

Brucellosis is rarely fatal in humans, although some cases can lead to life-threatening complications such as endocarditis (infection of the heart) and meningitis (infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord) particularly if left untreated.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018