Hong Kong Med J 2005;11:403-6 | Number 5, October 2005
A case of human brucellosis in Hong Kong
MKP Lee, KSC Fung
Department of Pathology, United Christian Hospital, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Brucellosis is an infectious disease of humans and animals caused by Brucella species. We report on a 34-year-old housewife who presented with recurrent headache, fever, and malaise. Blood cultures yielded slow-growing gram-negative coccobacilli that were later identified as Brucella melitensis. The patient recalled handling goat placenta in China. She was prescribed a 6-week course of doxycycline and rifampicin. Laboratory staff who had been exposed to the isolate remained asymptomatic. The epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of brucellosis are discussed.
Key words: Brucella melitensis; Brucellosis
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