Brucellosis: imported and laboratory-acquired cases, and an overview of treatment trials

Luzzi GA, Brindle R, Sockett PN, Solera J, Klenerman P, Warrell DA
Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 1993;87

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Following the successful eradication of Brucella abortus infection in cattle, human brucellosis in England and Wales has become an uncommon imported disease. Culture of the organism presents a major laboratory hazard, and difficulties in identification may occur using a biochemical test-strip method. An overview of recent treatment trials of brucellosis indicates that regimens combining streptomycin and doxycycline are associated with a higher success rate (judged by the frequency of treatment failure and relapse following therapy) than combinations of rifampicin and doxycycline.