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A 34-year-old member asked:

how do doctors diagnose brucellosis?

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Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Blood tests: Blood tests and blood/tissue cultures are necessary for making the diagnosis of brucellosis; they include testing for antibodies against the bacteria and isolating the organism from blood cultures. Brucellosis is treated with a course of antibiotics.
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Tests: Blood test for antibodies; cultures (take a long time) for organism. Some infectious agents are more difficult (and dangerous) to diagnose than others.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Does brucellosis spread from person to person?

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Dr. Emily Lu
Dr. Emily Lu answered
Family Medicine 7 years experience
Yes, but rarely: Brucellosis is generally transmitted from close contact with animals. However, there have been rare reports of person-to-person transmission through breast milk (from mother to child) and through sexual transmission.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

How does brucellosis spread from one person to other?

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Dr. Emily Lu
Dr. Emily Lu answered
Family Medicine 7 years experience
Rarely: Brucellosis rarely spreads from one person to another, but when it does it is from mother to infant through breast milk or through sexual transmission.
A 24-year-old member asked:

How long do cases of brucellosis usually last?

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Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 23 years experience
Depends: If caught early in the first few months of infection and effectively treated, brucellosis can be cured and the risk of relapse or chronic infection is low. But, people can also develop chronic brucellosis and depending on the level of organ involvement may have life-long sequelae despite treatment.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Most people recover within three weeks without complications, but persistent forms and complications can occur.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Explain the condition called brucellosis.?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Bacterial infection: It is a bacterial infection, usally acquired from animals. In humans it causes fever, enlargment of liver and spleen, and bone pains. It is not transmitted from one person to another.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

How do you treat brucellosis?

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Dr. Thomas Doyle
Emergency Medicine 32 years experience
Antibiotics/support: Doxycycline 100 mg twice a day for six weeks plus streptomycin 1 g daily im for 2-3 weeks. Gentamicin may be an alternative to streptomycin. Another choice would be doxy plus Rifampin 15 mg/kg daily, both for six weeks. If symptoms involving the heart spine or nervous system develop, hospitalization and more intensive regimens are indicated.

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