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:

Brucellosis 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number of notifications 3 0 2 2 0
Crude incidence rate per 100,000 population 0.06 0.00 0.04 0.04 0.00

Data extracted from CIDR: 02/01/2019

Last updated: 02/01/2019