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Drinking raw milk? – Brucellosis Symptoms Checker

 

Brucellosis or undulant fever is an infection because of the Brucella bacteria. People acquire this infection through direct or indirect contact with infected animals.

Brucellosis is a disease with several names because, throughout time, outbreaks of this infection occur. So, people used to name the location for identifying the disease, like Mediterranean or Malta fever. Another name for it is undulant fever, which we will know why in further text.

This is a zoonotic infection. In light of this, this disease’s transmission is from animals to humans; humans do not normally carry out this bacteria. Humans acquire this infection through food goods, inhalation, or direct contact with an infected animal. Importantly, although brucellosis is not such a common problem in the United States, it is indeed a major concern worldwide, being the most common zoonotic infection.

When animals like sheep, pigs, cattle, or even dogs, and many more, have the infection. The bacteria localizes within their reproductive organs, causing them abortions or sterility. Also, they shed vast numbers of bacteria through their urine, milk, or overall fluid. Even though most of the infections come from domesticated animals, the wilds could pass the infection too.

The main characteristic symptom of this infection is a fever. Particularly, this fever comes and goes, and most of the time alongside chills in the patient. Several other symptoms could exist in the patient, and as the fever, all of them are very broad. Sadly, none of the symptoms could point a doctor to look out for brucellosis immediately.

However, the risk factors are indeed very specific for this infection. For example, place of residence, dietary history, travels, occupational history, and more. All of them could point out to a doctor that someone could have brucellosis.

This tool is a Brucellosis Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for this infection.

The symptoms of brucellosis are very unspecific. Yet, this disease has very strong risk factors that point towards its identification. That is what this tool is all about, asking the right questions.

This tool gathers questions that aim to find the most common symptoms and risk factors for brucellosis. Therefore, it would help anybody who uses it to determine the likelihood of their symptoms because of this infection.

Keep in mind that the tool does not replace an adequate assessment from a doctor or the necessary blood or tissue exams for identifying the disease. Still, it will talk about the likelihood of someone having this disease by just asking simple questions. Using the tool is free and would only take a few minutes.

  • Question of

    Do you are a male between fourteen and thirty-nine years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you work in a slaughterhouse or meat-packing environment?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you work on a farm?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you consume raw milk (from cows or goats) or its products?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    When working with potentially ill or infected animals, do you sometimes lack the necessary protection equipment as gloves or masks?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you live in California or Texas, and you very often consume raw milk coming from Mexico?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you travel within six months to the Mediterranean (Portugal, Spain, Southern France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, North Africa), Mexico, South and Central America, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, or the Middle East? Also, did you consume there any of the unpasteurized products, such as unpasteurized milk or cream, soft cheeses (brie and Camembert, and Mexican-style soft cheeses such as Queso Fresco, Panela, Asadero, and Queso Blanco made from unpasteurized milk), yogurt made from unpasteurized milk or pudding made from unpasteurized milk? (Answer yes, especially if you consumed goat’s cheese)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you travel within six months to the Mediterranean (Portugal, Spain, Southern France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, North Africa), Mexico, South and Central America, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, or the Middle East? Also, did you consume there any raw or poorly cooked meat?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you hunt in the last six months? If so, have you come into contact with moose, elk, caribou, bison, or wild hogs (feral swine)?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you work in a laboratory? If so, does the lab handle Brucella specimens?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you find yourself exposed to goats, sheep, cows, camels, pigs, reindeer, rabbits, or hares? Have you assisted any of those animals giving birth?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a fever? (preferably use a thermometer which needs to shows more than 101,3 °F or touch your forehead and determine if the temperature is increased)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    If your previous answer was yes, do you have more than ten days with a fever?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than three weeks with a fever?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have chills with this fever?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you lose appetite?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you feel weak or exhausted all the time?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been losing weight unintentionally?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have headaches?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have low back pain and/or overall joint (knees, elbows, ankles, wrists, hips, etc.) pain?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you feel dizzy, and now you are finding it difficult to walk like you used to?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have swelling of the testicle or the scrotum area?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than thirty years, and you have one year or more with or without fever but necessarily with fatigue, muscle ache, and joint pain?

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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