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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

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Brucellosis

Updated on 04/08/2016

Keywords : Zoonosis, Animal diseases, Animal health, Brucellosis

Brucellosis is a disease caused by bacteria of the genus Brucella. Found worldwide, it can affect humans, with symptoms including fever, pain, headache and/or weakness. It also affects most mammalian species, domestic and wild ruminants in particular. In animals, brucellosis causes abortion, reduced fertility and reduced milk production, which may in turn induce major economic losses. In addition, animals or herds which have not been certified as brucellosis-free cannot circulate freely between countries. Driven by these major economic implications and to the risk to human health, ANSES is actively involved in brucellosis surveillance and control. Here we provide a presentation of the disease, its current status in France, and the role played by ANSES.

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