Human brucellosis

  • Brucellosis is considered to be a significant public health problem in India.
  • Fewer than 10% of the human cases of brucellosis in India may be clinically recognized and treated or reported.
  • Most common symptoms are intermittent fever, joint pain and swelling , sweating, dizziness, headaches, chest and abdominal pain etc, though there are a wide range of symptoms that can be seen.
  • Humans get infection by drinking raw milk of infected animal or by contact with infected secretions through skin or mucous membranes, especially conjunctiva. 
  • Accidental injection with S 19 vaccine could also lead to infection.

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Raw milk from infected animal is a major source of infection

Arthritis in human brucellosis affecting legs of the patient