Brucellosis – Algeria

10 cases of Brucellosis after consumption of milk in several municipalities in Algeria, including Meshdala, Al-Shorfa, Sahrij and Aghbalo.

Brucellosis can be transmitted through the consumption of raw and uncooked milk or through direct contact of infected animals, such as cows, sheep, and goats. This infection can be fatal.

No epidemiological data was reported.

The Meshdala East Bouira Department has told citizens in the municipalities to avoid consumption of unknown milk products sold on the roads and in commercial stores. The agriculture and veterinary services have launched a campaign to encourage farmers to vaccinate their animals against Brucellosis.

Photo: Brucella bacteria.

Brucellosis, also called Mediterranean fever, Malta fever and undulant fever, is an infection spread from animals to people, mostly by consumption of unpasteurised dairy products or undercooked meat from infected animals.

Brucellosis is a bacterial infection that affects thousands of people worldwide. Avoiding unpasteurised dairy products and taking precautions when working with animals can help prevent brucellosis.

Symptoms may include joint and muscle pain, fever, weight loss and fatigue. Some people develop stomach pain and cough.

Treatment includes a combination of antibiotics for several weeks. Relapses are common.

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