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Brucellosis Facts (cont.)

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Is it possible to prevent brucellosis? Is there a brucellosis vaccine?

It is possible to prevent or reduce the chances of developing brucellosis. Simple methods such as avoiding known infected animals, never drinking unpasteurized milk, and, if associating with potentially infected animals, wearing gloves and/or a mask reduces the chances of infection.

Because brucellosis is mainly a disease involving livestock, vaccines have been developed that are effective for cattle, sheep, and goats. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine available for use in humans.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease

REFERENCES:

Al-Nassir, Wafa. "Brucellosis." Medscape.com. Mar. 10, 2014. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/213430-overview>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Brucellosis." Nov. 12, 2014. <http://www.cdc.gov/brucellosis/>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014

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