What is the outlook for patients who have brucellosis?

People diagnosed with brucellosis recover relatively well and have a positive prognosis, especially if they consult with a doctor during the disease's early stages. The disease is treatable. However, there is a chance of it coming back or not going away at all.

Pregnant women who have become infected with brucellosis need to consult with their doctor immediately. Antibiotics could be prescribed, as well as lab tests. Quick attention to the infection may be able to save the baby from harm.

Other patients may take a small number of weeks to many months to fully recover. After recovery, it is still possible for patients to become sick again. Death from brucellosis is uncommon. Around 2% of patients will succumb to the disease. Persons diagnosed with brucellosis who also have a heart condition due to an inflammation of the heart have a more severe prognosis, with around 85% succumbing to the disease.

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


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  • Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center. Brucellosis. Accessed 8/23/2018.
  • Monarch Initiative. Brucellosis. Accessed 8/23/2018.


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