Brucellosis

Brucellosis is a disease caused by certain bacteria of the Brucella genus; some types are capable of causing illness in humans. It is considered a zoonotic disease, meaning the disease is found in animals and can be passed to people.

  1. Transmission
  2. Signs & Symptoms
  3. Treatment
  4. Prevention

Brucellosis is spread primarily from animals.  Brucellosis can be carried by a wide variety of wild and domestic animals (such as pets and livestock). People can become infected by coming into contact with fluids and tissues from infected animals or eating undercooked meat or unpasteurized dairy (e.g. raw milk, certain cheeses).

Brucellosis can be spread in other ways, too.  While rare, a woman can pass the infection to her baby while pregnant and through breast milk after the child is born.