Brucellosis is a highly infectious disease caused by the bacteria of the genus Brucella. Animals that are affected by Brucella include sheep, goats, cattle, camel, deer, pigs, and dogs.
Humans become infected by coming in contact with animals or animal products that are contaminated with these bacteria. The most common way to be infected is by eating or drinking contaminated milk or milk products. Contamination of skin wounds is a way in which spread can occur in farmers, in those working in abattoirs or meat packing plants and occasionally in vets.
Brucellosis in Ireland, 2016
||The number of brucellosis notifications in 2016
||The national notification rate per 100,000 population in 2016
Last updated: 17 August 2018