Brucellosis is an infection you can capture from unpasteurized milk and cheese. It’s incredibly uncommon in the UK.

How you capture brucellosis

It’s primarily captured by:

  • drinking milk that has actually not been pasteurised (heat-treated to eliminate germs)
  • consuming dairy items, like cheese and ice cream, made from unpasteurised milk

You can likewise capture brucellosis from consuming raw or undercooked meat. Or you can capture the infection from contact with physical fluids of stock such as cows, goats, sheep and pigs. But this is uncommon. It’s extremely uncommon to capture brucellosis from other individuals.

Symptoms of Brucellosis

Symptoms might appear unexpectedly over 1 to 2 days or slowly over a number of weeks.

Symptoms of brucellosis resemble influenza:

  • a heat
  • anoreksia
  • hikoilu
  • päänsärky
  • severe exhaustion
  • back and joint discomfort

Non-immediate suggestions: See a GP if you have signs of brucellosis and:

  • you have actually had actually unpasteurised milk or dairy items
  • you have actually consumed raw or undercooked meat
  • you work carefully with stock

Tell your GP if you have actually just recently taken a trip overseas.

How Brucellosis is Treated

Brucellosis is normally identified utilizing a blood test.

  • The infection is treated with a course of prescription antibiotics for a minimum of 6 weeks. It’s crucial to complete your course even if you begin to feel much better.
  • You ought to make a complete healing, and the infection is not likely to return.

How to prevent getting Brucellosis

There’s no human vaccine versus brucellosis, however there are things you can do to lower your opportunities of getting it.


  • prevent contact with animals and wild animals while taking a trip in locations where brucellosis is an issue
  • wear protective clothes if dealing with animals
  • put a plaster on any injuries prior to touching animals


  • do not consume unpasteurized milk
  • do not consume dairy items, like cheese and ice cream, made from unpasteurized milk
  • do not consume raw or undercooked meat

Report thought Brucellosis

Brucellosis is a notifiable animal illness. If you believe you or somebody you understand has it, you should report it right away. You can do this by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.