Human Brucellosis in Febrile Patients Seeking Treatment at Remote Hospitals, Northeastern Kenya, 2014-2015

Published Date
Journal
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Citation
22(12):2160-2164
DOI
10.3201/eid2212.160285
Authors
Njeru J
Melzer F
Wareth G
El-Adawy H
Henning K
Pletz MW
Heller R
Kariuki S
Fèvre E
Neubauer H
Abstract

During 2014-2015, patients in northeastern Kenya were assessed for brucellosis and characteristics that might help clinicians identify brucellosis. Among 146 confirmed brucellosis patients, 29 (20%) had negative serologic tests. No clinical feature was a good indicator of infection, which was associated with animal contact and drinking raw milk.

Keywords: Brucella abortus; Garissa; Kenya; Wajir; bacteria; bacterial infection; brucellosis; febrile; fever; seroprevalence; zoonoses; zoonotic.