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Understanding brucellosis and how to curb the disease NEVER MISS A STORY - 9 months ago, 17 Apr 12:49

By: John Muchibi

Brucellosis is a highly contagious zoonotic disease that primarily affects animals, but can be transmitted to humans. The disease is caused by bacteria called Brucella, which thrives and multiplies well in the reproductive organs of animals. Brucellosis infects ruminants like cattle, goats and sheep and other animals including world life species. In humans Brucella abortus causes undulant fever, an occupational disease of people working with animals such as veterinarians, farmers and abattoir personnel. There are several strains of Brucella that affects different animals and they include: • Brucella abortus: Affects cattle, causing bovine brucellosis (contagious abortion). Sometimes it affects horses, causing fistulous withers. • Brucella ovis: Affects sheep, causing ovine brucellosis. • Brucella melintensis: Mainly affects female goats, causing caprine brucellosis. It can also affect female sheep. • Brucella suis: Affects pigs, causing swine brucellosis. It has also been isolated from horses. • Brucella canis: Affects dogs, causing canine brucellosis. ...
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