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Is Brucellosis Deadly
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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