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Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that is passed from animals to humans and from animals to animals. It is an uncommon disease in the United States -- fewer than 200 people have contracted it. Across the globe, however, statistics report a half million people each year catch brucellosis. While it is seldom fatal -- only about two percent of people who contract the disease die from it -- brucellosis can severely impact health.

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1. What is Brucellosis?

Brucellosis is an animal disease that affects several species, both domestic and wild. The Brucella bacteria causes the infection, which is incurable in the animals it affects; these include cows, goats, sheep, pigs, dogs, camels, bison, foxes, seals, and deer. Animals contract brucellosis from each other through mating, blood, and infected fluids and tissues.

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