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Brucellosis is a stealthy disease that transcends species barriers, affecting animals and humans as well. Take action to stop the spread of this dangerous disease!


Brucellosis, a bacterial infection that can affect both humans and their cherished pets, is a silent threat that demands our immediate attention1. While rare, this disease can have serious consequences, ranging from flu-like symptoms to severe complications2. But the good news is, we can make a difference, and it starts with you.

Understanding the Threat

Brucellosis is a stealthy disease that transcends species barriers, primarily affecting animals but posing a risk to humans as well. Cattle, goats, sheep, dogs, and even marine mammals can fall prey to this bacterial menace3. Most commonly, humans contract brucellosis through the consumption of raw or unpasteurized dairy products, but it can also transmit through the air or direct contact with infected animals4.

Now, the threat has hit closer to home. Brucella canis, the bacteria responsible for brucellosis, has crossed species barriers to infect humans in the United Kingdom5. While this disease has predominantly been associated with imported dogs, it has recently begun to spread among local canines, culminating in two human infections as of July 2023. This is the first time such transmission has occurred in the UK, and it raises concerns that we cannot ignore.

Why Your Pledge Matters

Brucellosis may be rare, but its impact can be profound. In some rare cases, it can result in severe complications such as endocarditis, arthritis, meningitis, and Guillain Barré syndrome2. While there have been no recorded human deaths from brucellosis, its potential consequences are not to be underestimated.

Our beloved pets are at risk too. Dogs, in particular, are vulnerable to this disease, which can lead to fertility issues, making responsible breeding and pet ownership all the more crucial6.

Take Action Now

We invite you to take the Brucellosis Prevention Pledge—a commitment to protecting yourself, your pets, and your community from the threat of brucellosis. By signing this pledge, you declare your dedication to taking specific actions to reduce and stop the spread of this disease.

Join the fight against brucellosis. Sign the pledge and spread the word. Together, we can stop the spread of brucellosis and protect the health of our communities.

More on this issue:

  1. Jess Thomson, Newsweek (19 September 2023), "Infectious Disease Found in Dogs Has Begun Spreading to Humans."
  2. Mayo Clinic (25 September 2021), "Brucellosis."
  3. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department Of Agriculture (30 May 2023), "Brucellosis."
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP) (9 February 2019), "Risks from Unpasteurized Dairy Products."
  5. UK Health Security Agency (18 September 2023), "HAIRS risk assessment: Brucella canis."
  6. United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (August 2016), "Brucellosis and Dog Kennels: What Breeders Need To Know."
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The Pledge:

Brucellosis is a bacterial infection that poses a risk to both humans and their beloved pets. It can transmit from animals to people, and while rare, it can have severe consequences. The bacteria causing brucellosis can lead to flu-like symptoms, such as fever, muscle and joint pain, and weakness, and in rare cases, it can result in complications like endocarditis, arthritis, meningitis, and Guillain Barré syndrome.

To ensure a healthier future for all, I pledge to take the following actions to prevent the spread of brucellosis:

  1. Practice Safe Food Handling: I will avoid consuming raw or unpasteurized dairy products and ensure that meat is thoroughly cooked before consumption.
  2. Support Responsible Pet Ownership: If I have dogs, I will ensure they receive regular veterinary care and screening for brucellosis, especially if they are breeding or in contact with other dogs.
  3. Promote Neutering and Spaying: I will encourage responsible breeding practices and consider neutering or spaying pets to reduce the risk of brucellosis transmission.
  4. Educate Myself: I will stay informed about the signs and symptoms of brucellosis and seek medical attention if I or my pet experience relevant symptoms.
  5. Take Occupational Precautions: If I work in high-risk occupations like veterinary care, farming, or slaughterhouses, I will use appropriate protective gear and adhere to safety protocols.
  6. Advocate for Vaccination: I will support vaccination programs for livestock in regions with a higher prevalence of brucellosis to protect both animals and humans.
  7. Prevent Animal-to-Human Transmission: If I am pregnant or have a weakened immune system, I will take extra precautions when handling pets and avoid contact with animals that may carry brucellosis.
  8. Advocate for Responsible Travel: When traveling to regions with a higher risk of brucellosis, I will avoid undercooked meats and raw dairy products.
  9. Promote Awareness: I will raise awareness about brucellosis within my community to educate others about its risks and prevention.
  10. Support Research and Monitoring: I will support research efforts to better understand brucellosis and its transmission dynamics, contributing to the development of effective prevention strategies.

By taking these actions, I pledge to contribute to a future where the threat of brucellosis is minimized, ensuring the health and well-being of both humans and their cherished pets. Together, we can make a difference and build a healthier world for everyone.

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