Neapolitan Fever and Social Security DisabilityNeapolitan fever is a serious infectious disease. Neapolitan fever results from one of four different species of bacteria that are a part of the genus Brucella. Neapolitan fever may be local. If it is, it affects only a certain part of your body. However, Neapolitan fever can be extremely dangerous because it can have serious widespread complications that involve different organ systems in your body. This may include your central nervous system. Neapolitan fever is usually a short-term (acute) disease. However, it may also be long-term (chronic) with long lasting complications. Neapolitan fever is referred to in several other ways. It is also known as Maltese fever, brucellosis, undulant fever, Mediterranean fever, Bangs disease, Crimean fever, Cyprus fever, Gibraltar fever, brucellemia, goat fever, rock fever, brucelliasis and melitococcosis. Neapolitan fever is a disease that afflicts hundreds of thousands of animals and people every year in Mediterranean countries and other parts of the world. Neapolitan fever is not common in the United States. Somewhere around 100 to 200 cases of this disease are reported each year in the United States.
How Neapolitan Fever spreadsNeapolitan fever is a disease that involves many different wild and domestic animals. There are at least six strains of bacteria that lead to this disease in animals, but not all of these strains result in Neapolitan fever in humans. Neapolitan fever spreads from animals to people in three different ways. They are:
- ? Eating raw dairy products that come from infected animals or eating raw or undercooked meat that comes from an infected animal
- ? Inhaling the brucella bacteria in the air
- ? Direct contact with infected animals by way of a wound or cut that you have on your body.
The signs and symptoms of Neapolitan feverIt may begin anywhere from a matter of days to a few months after you have been infected with the brucella bacteria. There are several different signs and symptoms that you may experience, which may be an indication of Neapolitan fever. Some of these may include:
- ? An undulating fever ( a fever that keeps rising and falling)
- ? Chills
- ? Sweats
- ? Weakness
- ? Fatigue
- ? Headache
- ? Joint, muscle and back pain.
Neapolitan fever signs and symptomsIf you are afflicted with chronic Neapolitan fever, you may experience additional signs and symptoms. Some of these are:
- ? Fevers
- ? Chronic fatigue
- ? Arthritis
- ? Spondylitis (an inflammatory type of arthritis that affects your spine and joints that are near by)