Brucellosis /Rock Fever /Cyprus Fever

Brucellosis is an infectious disease that occurs from contact with animals carrying Brucella bacteria; it spreads from animals to humans.


There are several different strains of Brucella bacteria. Sometimes they are seen in cows, dogs, pigs, sheep’s, goats and camels.

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How Brucellosis Transmitted From Animals To Humans?

Brucellosis is a systemic infectious disease transmitted from certain animals to humans.
• Raw dairy products.
• Cut or scratch on the skin.
• Breathing in contaminated air.
• Eat or drink something containing contaminated bacteria.
• Work on a farm, slaughterhouse workers.
• Living in the Indian subcontinent.

How Brucellosis Become Noticeable?
When patient starts noticing such symptoms, it indicates the presence of Brucellosis :

• Fever.
• Malaise.
• Chills.
• Sweating.
• Myalgias.
• Tiredness.
• Arthralgias.
• Back pain.
• A headache.
• Loss of appetite.
• Weight loss.
• Constipation.
• Abdominal pain.
• Sleep disturbance.
• Cough.
• Testicular pain.
• Skin rash.
• Depression.
• Arthritis.
• Spinal tenderness.
• Splenomegaly.
• Jaundice.
• Central nervous system (CNS).
• Cardiac murmur.
• Pneumonia.

How To Investigate The Brucellosis?

• Blood culture.
• Bone marrow culture.
• Clean catch urine culture.
• CSF culture.
• Serology.
• Plain x-ray.
• CT or MRI scanning.
• Liver and bone marrow biopsy.

Treatment for Brucellosis

• Streptomycin.
• Antibiotic.
• Vaccinations for animals.

Prognosis of Brucellosis

Most of the people with brucellosis recover completely without complications after proper treatment. The mortality rate is rare.

How Brucellosis Affects If It Remains Untreated?

• Endocarditis.
• Sacroiliitis.
• Osteomyelitis.
• Epididymo-orchitis.
• Thrombocytopenic purpura.
• Cerebellar ataxia.
• Spinal syndrome.
• Hepatitis.
• Chronic fatigue.
• Abortion.
• Congenital and neonatal infection.
• Meningitis.

Disease With The Similar Symptoms As Compared To Brucellosis

• Mechanical back pain.
• Bronchitis.
• Biological warfare agents.
• Endocarditis.
• Gastroenteritis.
• Meningitis.
• Osteomyelitis.
• Pneumonia.
• Tuberculosis.
• Urinary tract infection.

Precautions To Avoid Brucellosis

• Wear gloves if you work in the animal processing industry.
• Proper medication management.
• Education, protection clothing, adequate ventilation and disinfection of premises and safe disposal.
• Proper vaccination of animals.
• Pasteurization of milk.
• Avoid raw, uncooked or undercooked meat.

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