First case of Brucellosis detected in Paro

The first case of Brucellosis, which is a very uncommon disease in a country, has been detected in Paro. Tests were carried on a patient who complained of having a fever and body aches for months. The blood sample from the infected person has been sent to the Royal Centre for Disease Control (RCDC).

Brucellosis is a highly contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Brucella that can spread from animals to humans. The disease can occur in cows, dogs, pigs, sheep, goats, and camels. It isn’t curable in animals. It is commonly known as undulant fever  or Mediterranean fever.

The health official said the infected patient works with animals. He said the disease could be transmitted through animals since the person looked after sick animals.

“It is very rare in Bhutan, whereas animals have more chances of getting the disease than human,” the official said, adding that the diseases can be transmitted to human through ingestion of unpasteurized milk or undercooked meat from infected animals, or close contact with their secretions. He added that this is the first case of the disease reported so far.

According to the health official,“The patient has been suffering from fluctuating fever for the last three months with body aches and masculine fever. The fever could last for months or even a year and if it continues for long, it might neurologically hamper the body while it might also hamper cardiac, pulmonary and heart or spinal functions.”

The health official said the livestock division is investigating the disease in animals.

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