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How do doctors diagnose brucellosis?

How do doctors diagnose brucellosis?

Tests: Blood test for antibodies; cultures (take a long time) for organism. Some infectious agents are more difficult (and dangerous) to diagnose than others. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Brucellosis (Definition)

Infection with one of the species of brucella, suis, melitensis, abortus, or more rarely canis. In humans, this infection is called a zoonosis as it ...Read more


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Few years ago I had brucellosis. Since then my lymphocytes are slightly above the normal. Is it safe or should I go to a doctor?

Few years ago I had brucellosis. Since then my lymphocytes are slightly above the normal. Is it safe or should I go to a doctor?

Probably just you: Ignore percentages and look only at absolute counts. The reference range is set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside. And who's counting your lymphocytes if not a physician? Be grateful for having recovered from brucellosis and for good health. ...Read more

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Can brucellosis be cured?

Yes: Specific antibiotics that your doctor can prescribe. ...Read more

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I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of brucellosis. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?

Be sure of dx: I am going to assume that the diagnosis has been made by a real culture and/or rising IgM titers, and not by a charlatan's phony laboratory (there are a few of these). City folk get brucellosis from "healthy unpasteurized" dairy products. Try to figure out how you got it and who else might be at risk. ...Read more

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How does brucellosis spread from one person to other?

How does brucellosis spread from one person to other?

Cntct c infctd anml: Brucella is a bacteria that can infect and cause disease in animals such as cows, pigs, goats, lamb, dogs...Humans can become infected that have significant contact with infected animals, such as farms, placentas of birthing these animal, slaughterhouses, or drinking unpasteurized milk of infected animals. ...Read more

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How does brucellosis effect the body?

In many ways: Brucellosis presents initially as an illness with fever, muscle aches and sweats that can last for several weeks. The infection can localize to bone, kidney or central nervous system among others. The infection is generally acquired from livestock exposure or ingestion of unpasteurized dairy products. ...Read more

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Does brucellosis spread from person to person?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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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. ...Read more

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When a woman has brucellosis, what does it mean?

When a woman has brucellosis, what does it mean?

It depends.: Brucellosis is a disease that chiefly affects livestock (cattle and goats), and can be transferred to humans if precautions are not taken (goggles, rubber gloves). If a woman is pregnant, the main treatment (tetracyclines) should be avoided since they can damage growing teeth and bones. Children also should avoid this treatment for the same reason. ...Read more

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If I develop brucellosis, how will it be treated?

If I develop brucellosis, how will it be treated?

Antibiotics: Tetracyclines are effective, but relapse is common with single drug therapy. The use of two or more drugs in combination is better (doxycycline plus Rifampin or streptomycin) and recommended. ...Read more

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