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How long do cases of brucellosis usually last?

How long do cases of brucellosis usually last?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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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?

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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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How do you treat brucellosis?

How do you treat brucellosis?

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. ...Read more

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Can brucellosis be cured?

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