Brucella Suis

What Is Brucella Suis?

Brucella Suis is a bacteria that leads to infected pigs, cattle, goats, and sheep developing brucellosis. It can then be transmitted to humans through direct contact with infected animal tissue. Domesticated pigs are the most common carrier of this infectious bacteria. It was first named in 1929 and was discovered due to chronic inflammatory lesions being found on the reproductive organs of domesticated pigs.

Symptoms of Brucella Suis

Brucella Suis can lead to experiencing a number of symptoms, usually within 2-4 weeks of being infected. The initial symptoms are generally the following:
⦁ Fever
⦁ Excessive sweating
⦁ General malaise
⦁ Anorexia
⦁ Headaches
⦁ Joint, muscle, or back pain
⦁ Fatigue

There are additional symptoms that can linger for extended periods of time. Occasionally, some symptoms will never go away, or may recur. This includes the following:
⦁ Fevers
⦁ Arthritis
⦁ Scrotum swelling
⦁ Heart swelling
⦁ Liver swelling
⦁ Spleen swelling
⦁ Chronic fatigue
⦁ Neurological issues
⦁ Depression

Treatment

Before treatment can occur, a person will have to first become diagnosed with brucellosis stemming from infection with Brucella Suis. This is done using tests conducted that look for the bacteria within the blood, bone marrow, and other bodily fluids. Additionally, a blood test may also be conducted to identify antibodies that exist against the bacteria. After identifying the bacteria within the body, antibiotics will be prescribed to use against the bacteria. The recovery time lasts anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

Prevention

The ideal way to protect yourself from getting infected with Brucella Suis is to avoid directly touching infected pigs, cattle, goats, and sheep. There are certain live bacteria vaccines that, while they are unable to eradicate the bacteria, will create antibodies that can interfere with the bacteria.

The best way to prevent infection is to apply proper sanitation methods when handling potentially infected animals. This means you should avoid directly handling animal tissue. People who herd animals or work directly with their tissue should protect themselves by wearing rubber gloves, goggles, and gowns or aprons.

Taking these steps will help ensure that this dangerous bacteria coming from infected animals will not get into your eyes or any cuts on your skin.

Cure?

Antibiotics have been found to get rid of Brucella Suis. There is a 98% survival rate when this avenue is taken. Unfortunately, around 2% of those infected with the bacteria will die, coming out to approximately 10,000 deaths annually due to brucellosis. With half a million getting infected globally, it is important to protect yourself from Brucella Suis.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Brucella Suis is a bacterial infection you can get from most livestock, and the likelihood of getting it significantly increases if you come into close contact with animals that are infected. If you are around animals or animal products, you may need to protect yourself and others.

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly. Our Path-Guard solution and Path-Away Anti-Pathogenic Aerosol Solution can kill Brucella Suis, as well as other bacteria and viruses, in under five minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your place is a healthier space. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.