Foodborne Illnesses


What is Brucellosis and What Causes it?

Brucellosis is an infectious disease that can come from a bacteria called Brucella. Typically this disease is passed to humans by eating undercooked meat or consuming raw dairy products. Breathing in the bacteria can also cause you to get this illness. If you work in a slaughterhouse or a meat-packing company, you have a greater chance of inhaling the disease. This illness may show up in a few days or a few months after you're infected.


  • fever
  • headache
  • sweats
  • pains in muscles, back, etc.
  • anorexia
  • malaise
  • fatigue


Once a doctor has diagnosed you, he or she can prescribe antibiotics. Recovery could take a few weeks to several months depending on how severe the illness is.

# of illnesses per year:

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Less than two percent die each year from this disease.