Brucellosis

Brucellosis

About the disease

Britain (UK) is officially free of Brucellosis abortus infection but as animals from areas where the disease may be present are imported into this country there is a requirement to carry out import checks and routine monitoring.

This organism (bacteria) is spread in uterine discharge. If this material is eaten it will then infect the animal. Animals are infected for life and the main signs seen are abortions and infertility.  This disease is also zoonotic and causes an intermittent febrile response in man. There is a legal obligation to report any abortions and some of these will require further investigation. Vaccination has been used in some countries to assist in eradication programmes.