Brucellosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria. People can become infected when they are in contact with infected animals or animal products. Sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, and dogs are animals most commonly infected with the bacteria. People with brucellosis can experience symptoms such as fever, sweats, malaise, anorexia, headache, muscle and joint pain, and fatigue. Brucellosis is treated with antibiotics. Death from brucellosis is rare and occurs in less than 2% of all cases. To prevent brucellosis infection, do not consume undercooked meat or unpasteurized dairy products (milk, cheese, ice cream). People who handle animal tissue should protect themselves by using rubber gloves, goggles, and gowns or aprons.
Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit
The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit conducts surveillance for infectious diseases and investigates clusters and outbreaks.