What information about brucellosis should patients be given?

Updated: Apr 22, 2021
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, FAAP, MA(Cantab); Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Patient education should include efforts to address the following issues:

  • The nature of the disease and the routes by which it can be transmitted

  • The symptoms, complications, and treatment of the disease, as well as the risk of relapse if it is not adequately treated

  • The potential adverse effects of the medications administered

  • The need for strict compliance with the antibiotic regimen

  • In soma case, reassurance concerning recurrent symptoms that are not associated with clinical or laboratory evidence of acute brucellotic disease

  • The need to avoid potential sources of infection – This may involve avoiding infected animals, using stricter precautions (eg, gloves and mask) when dealing with a potentially infected animal, or avoiding potentially contaminated foods

  • For farmers and ranchers, immunization of their cattle against the disease as necessary

  • For laboratory workers, maintenance of the appropriate level of containment

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