Brucellosis is a serious infectious disease. It comes from one of four different species of bacteria that are a part of the genus Brucella.
Brucellosis can be local, which means that it affects only a certain area of your body. However, what makes brucellosis dangerous is that it can have serious widespread complications that affect different organ systems in your body. This includes your central nervous system.
Brucellosis is usually an acute (short-term) disease. However, it can become chronic (long-term) with long lasting complications.
Brucellosis is known by several other names. It is also called Maltese fever, Neapolitan fever, Mediterranean fever, undulant fever, Crimean fever, Gibraltar fever, Bang’s disease, Cyprus fever, brucellemia, goat fever, brucelliasis, melitococcosis and rock fever.
Brucellosis affects hundreds of thousands of animals and people each year in Mediterranean countries and other areas of the world. Brucellosis is not common in the United States. There are about 100 to 200 cases that are reported each year.
Brucellosis is a disease that affects many different domestic and wild animals. There are at least six strains of bacteria that cause this disease in animals, but not all of these strains cause brucellosis in people. Brucellosis is spread from animals to people in three ways. They are:
- Direct contact with infected animals through a cut or wound that you have
- Eating raw dairy products that come from infected animals or eating undercooked or raw meat from an infected animal
- Inhaling the brucella bacteria in the air.
The signs and symptoms of brucellosis may start anywhere from a matter of days to a few months after you have been infected with the brucella bacteria. There are several signs and symptoms that you may experience. Some of these are:
- Muscle, back and joint pain
- An undulating fever (fever that rises and falls)
The signs and symptoms of brucellosis may go away for weeks or months and then come back. If you have chronic brucellosis, signs and symptoms include arthritis, fatigue, fevers and spondylitis (an inflammatory arthritis that affects your spine and joints that are close by).
You or a loved one may have or have had brucellosis. Brucellosis and/or complications that have been caused by this disease may be responsible for you or your loved one’s disability and being unable to work.
You may need assistance if this is true. You may need financial help.
You or your loved one may be thinking about applying for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by brucellosis and/or complications that have been caused by this disease. You or your loved one may have already tried this option and been denied by the Social Security Administration.
If you or your loved one is considering reapplying or appealing the denial, think about this. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at Social Security Home are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer fighting for them.