How is brucellosis treated?

The treatment for brucellosis is antibiotics. This treatment can last 6 to 8 weeks, or even longer. Two or more antibiotics are typically used. This helps lower the risk of drug resistance and reoccurrence of the disease.

Those infected patients who are pregnant, have a limited immune system, or are allergic to the antibiotics will need to speak with a doctor further to discuss options.

What are the complications associated with brucellosis?

Complications associated with brucellosis include chronic infections causing relapsing fevers and occasionally infective endocarditis, bone infection or meningitis.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/20/2018.

References

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Brucellosis. Accessed 8/23/2018.
  • Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center. Brucellosis. Accessed 8/23/2018.
  • Monarch Initiative. Brucellosis. Accessed 8/23/2018.

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