Diagnosis of brucellosis in humans

Question: How is brucellosis in humans diagnosed? Laboratory diagnosis of human Brucella infection is complicated and none of the currently available diagnostic tools can be used on its own to reliably detect the pathogen. Definitive laboratory diagnosis of human brucellosis is based on isolation of the bacteria from clinical samples…

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Mozambique steps up fight against bovine TB and brucellosis

Mozambique has budgeted US$300 000 to fund the pilot phase of a national project to prevent and control bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis. Bovine tuberculosis (bTB), which is caused by Mycobacterium bovis, has a 10.8% prevalence rate among cattle in Mozambique. Deputy Tourism and Culture minister Ana Comoana says up to…

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Livestock production: How to prevent and treat brucellosis (contagious abortion) in your herd

Question: What can I do to rid cattle that tested positive for brucellosis, of the disease? And how does one prevent contagious abortion from occurring? There is no treatment. Even in human beings the treatment is extremely expensive and takes a long time. One can never say that one is…

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Livestock production: What to do if your herd tests positive for brucellosis (contagious abortion)

Question: What should one do if your herd tests positive for contagious abortion (brucellosis)? If a farmer is doubtful about, or not satisfied with, the test results, he or she should discuss them with a State Veterinarian (in South Africa) or equivalent official in other countries. It is also important…

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