Brucellosis outbreak in China

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News: Thousands of people in China have tested positive for brucellosis after a leak at a biopharmaceutical company.

Facts:

  • Brucellosis also known as Malta fever or Mediterranean fever is a bacterial disease caused by various Brucella species which mainly infect cattle, swine, goats, sheep and dogs. 
  • Transmission: Humans generally acquire the disease through direct contact with infected animals, by eating or drinking contaminated animal products or by inhaling airborne agents.Person-to-person transmission is rare.
  • Symptoms: The disease causes flu-like symptoms including fever, weakness, malaise and weight loss.
  • Treatment: The infection can usually be treated with antibiotics. However, treatment takes several weeks to months and the infection can recur.