Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that is passed from animals to humans and from animals to animals. It is an uncommon disease in the United States -- fewer than 200 people have contracted it. Across the globe, however, statistics report a half million people each year catch brucellosis. While it is seldom fatal -- only about two percent of people who contract the disease die from it -- brucellosis can severely impact health.
Brucellosis is an animal disease that affects several species, both domestic and wild. The Brucella bacteria causes the infection, which is incurable in the animals it affects; these include cows, goats, sheep, pigs, dogs, camels, bison, foxes, seals, and deer. Animals contract brucellosis from each other through mating, blood, and infected fluids and tissues.
Receive updates on the latest news and alerts straight to your inbox.
This site offers information designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this site as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for, professional counseling care, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.