Brucellosis – India
Around 40 people in Kolkata are suspected of having brucellosis. 5 patients have been hospitalized. Most of those infected administer vaccines to cattle and rear animals. No cattle have died so far.
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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