6 things to know about brucellosis:

26 December 2018


  1. Definition

Brucellosis is an endemic disease caused by a bacteria:  brucella spp. It systematically affects a wide variety of mammalian species: sheep, cattle, pigs, dogs including humans. Brucellosis is present worldwide, and more present in low-income countries.

  1. Modes of transmission

The transmission routes differs according to whether it is man or animals. In human’s transmission is possible through the consumption of raw milk, handling and direct contact with body fluids (from infected animals).

Between animals the transmission occur during reproduction and also by bacteria released into the park or the environment during abortions.

      3.  Symptoms

The symptomatic forms of the disease in human evolve in 3 successive phases:

Acute brucellosis: the onset is progressive before a fever o with a feeling of malaise, body aches, night sweats and muscle aches. The fever evolves in an undulating mode (decrease and then increase of the body temperature) during a fortnight;

Secondary brucellosis is characterized by fatigue, sometimes associated , joint (arthritis) or neurological (meningitis);

Chronic brucellosis is characterized by general (generalized fatigue, sweating, diffuse pain, rash) and local (bone, liver, neurological) manifestations. Brucellosis complications are urogenital or ovarian infections. The disease is also abortive in pregnant women. In addition, visceral damages most often hepatic, but also renal, or affecting the central nervous system, lungs, heart can happen.

In animals  :  abortions, drop on milk, hygromas


      4.    Treatments

Antibiotic use remains the only effective treatment to date. The reference antibiotics are cyclins and in particular doxycycline. Rifampicin is also used especially in children and pregnant women.


  1. In Ivory Coast

According to recent data, brucellosis is one of the five priority zoonosis to be eliminated in Côte d’Ivoire. In terms of epidemiology, brucellosis among shepherd is 5.3% and 4.6 % in cattle in Niakaramdougou and Korhogo


  1. Prevention measures.

-Pasteurization (boiling) fresh milk before consumption

-Combination port (gloves, masks) for professionals in contact with organic products

-Slaughtering of infected animals

-Anti-brucellosis vaccination among livestock

-One Health approach with the contribution of social sciences



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