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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.

illustration of the globe Areas at risk
Learn about the places around the world where brucellosis is most commonly found.

block of cheese Risks from unpasteurized dairy products
Learn about the risk from unpasteurized milk and dairy products.

person using a machine to cut meat Occupational risks
Learn which occupations or work settings may increase the risk of brucellosis.

view of pregnant woman's stomach Risks for expecting mothers
Expecting mothers can learn how to keep their baby safe when at risk for brucellosis.

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 www.selectagents.gov.

 

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