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Risk of Exposure

Anyone who is exposed to the bacteria that cause brucellosis is at risk for infection. Some people, based on certain circumstances, may face an increased risk. Below, learn more about specific risks related to brucellosis.

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Areas at Risk

Learn about the places around the world where brucellosis is most commonly found.

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Occupational Risks

Learn which occupations or work settings may increase the risk of brucellosis.

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Unpasteurized Dairy

Learn about the risk from unpasteurized milk and dairy products.

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Risks for Expecting Mothers

Expecting mothers can learn how to keep their baby safe when at risk for brucellosis.

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Hunters Risks

Hunters may also face increased risk of exposure. Photo courtesy of United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services.

Three types of the bacteria that cause brucellosis – Brucella abortus, Brucella melitensis and Brucella suis – are designated as select agents. This means that they have the potential to be developed as bioterrorism agents due to their ability to undergo aerosolization.

For more on select agents, visit .