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Is brucellosis highly contagious?

Is brucellosis highly contagious?

Yes: In the laboratory special precautions are taken when handling brucella bacteria. ...Read more

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Brucellosis (Definition)

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How do doctors diagnose brucellosis?

How do doctors diagnose brucellosis?

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. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called brucellosis.?

Explain the condition called brucellosis.?

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. ...Read more

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Can brucellosis be cured?

Can brucellosis be cured?

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

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How can you get brucellosis?

How can you get brucellosis?

Animals and food: You get brucellosis by contact with fluids from infected animals (sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, etc.) or by consuming foods such as unpasteurized milk and cheese. ...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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What are the tests for brucellosis?

What are the tests for brucellosis?

Blood tests: Brucellosis is diagnosed in a laboratory by finding brucella organisms in samples of blood or bone marrow. Also, blood tests can be done to detect antibodies against the bacteria. If this method is used, two blood samples should be collected 2 weeks apart. For more information try the following webpage: http://www.Cdc.Gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/brucellosis/. ...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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Are the symptoms of brucellosis severe?

Can be: Brucellosis can cause severe bone pains and fever. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/brucellosis/ds00837. ...Read more

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What things make brucellosis more likely?

What things make brucellosis more likely?

Animals and cheese: This bug can be acquired from infected cattle or dogs. Likewise unpasteurized milk as is used for some types of cheese can harbor brucella organisms. It can be treated but prevention is the best strategy, by pasteurizing milk or being very fastidious in producing products from unpasteurized milk. ...Read more

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What food should I eat if I have brucellosis?

What food should I eat if I have brucellosis?

What you like: I trust that the diagnosis of brucellosis, which is uncommon, was made by a scientific practitioner. Did you get it on a farm / meat plant? You'll be on antibiotics for a while, but you can eat what you like. ...Read more

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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

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Does brucellosis spread from person to person?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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Does brucellosis  spread from person to person?

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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