Human Brucellosis: A Burden of Half-Million Cases per Year

Authors: Shashank Purwar, MD


Brucellosis has been an enigma since it was first identified by Sir David Bruce in 1886. In countries where there are stringent screening methods, it is no longer endemic, but sporadic cases are constantly being reported from diverse scenarios. These cases include: consumption of cheese made from unpasteurized goat's milk among travelers to Italy, France, Greece, Spain and Mexico1; laboratory workers coming into direct contact with the pathogen; and unusual settings like the outbreak of Brucella melitensis infections associated with the use of a cosmetic facial “beauty” treatment consisting of fetal and placental cells.2

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