Brucellosis (Brucella)

Etiology

  • Gram negative rod
  • Ingestion of raw/uncooked dairy or handling infected animals

Risk Factors

  • Veterinarians
  • Meat packers
  • Farmers
  • Slaughter house workers
  • Middle East, Mediterranean, Mexico, Africa

Symptoms

  • Causes weeks/months of recurrent: f, c, sweats, arthritis, adenopathy, testicular pain, hepato-splenomegaly

Physical Exam Findings

  • Fever
  • Arthritis
  • Adenopathy
  • Testicular pain and swelling
  • Hepato-splenomegaly

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