FEB 23, 2019 07:59 AM PST

What is Brucellosis?

WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch

Zoonotic diseases can jump from species to species. One example is brucellosis, which humans can get after consuming cheese or milk that has not been pasteurized, a process that removes pathogens from food by heating it mildly. The FDA has warned against drinking unpasteurized milk (also known as raw milk).

This video from Mayo Clinic outlines brucellosis, which is caused by bacteria. It causes fatigue, fever, sweats and joint or muscle pain and is often treated successfully with antibiotics. It can become a more serious chronic illness, however.

The CDC is currently investigating an outbreak of brucellosis "connected to consuming raw (unpasteurized) milk from Miller’s Biodiversity Farm in Quarryville, Pennsylvania." People in nineteen states have purchased products from this farm, and the CDC is suggesting that those who bought Miller's Biodiversity Farm milk at any time since January 2016 should discuss it with their doctors. The CDC's report noted that the farm's infected cow has been identified and removed.

Gram-negative Brucella abortus bacteria, grown on a medium of sheep's blood agar / Credit: CDC/ Dr. Todd Parker, Audra Marsh

About the Author
  • Experienced research scientist and technical expert with authorships on 28 peer-reviewed publications, traveler to over 60 countries, published photographer and internationally-exhibited painter, volunteer trained in disaster-response, CPR and DV counseling.
You May Also Like
FEB 10, 2019
Space & Astronomy
FEB 10, 2019
NASA's Publishes 360º Video of Curiosity's Vera Rubin Ridge-Centric Work Site
  Although NASA hasn’t heard back from its Opportunity rover since a dust storm enveloped the planet of Mars last year, the space agency’s...
FEB 18, 2019
Cardiology
FEB 18, 2019
What If We Are Wrong About Diabetes
What most people understand about type II diabetes is that poor diet, over time, causes the overwhelmed pancreas to lose its ability to regulate blood suga...
FEB 21, 2019
Cardiology
FEB 21, 2019
Is High Intensity Interval Training Appropriate for Heart Patients
High-Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is a form of cardiovascular interval training that uses short bursts of near-maximal intensity exercise alternat...
FEB 21, 2019
Cardiology
FEB 21, 2019
Banishing Heart Disease Myths
There are a number of myths surrounding heart disease. This can be dangerous for heart patients, and their children, if allowed to interfere with heart-hea...
FEB 24, 2019
Cardiology
FEB 24, 2019
Body Mass Index Scores Are Prone To Inaccuracy
Body mass index (BMI) scoring is a highly problematic method of calculating a person's body fat percentage. The BMI chart has wholly neglected to ackno...
FEB 25, 2019
Videos
FEB 25, 2019
Does Depression Make You More Realistic?
Does Depression Make You More Realistic? Psychologists believe that as humans we think we are actually better at things then we really are—this fuele...
Loading Comments...