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August 13, 1973

Brucella Infection Transmitted by Dog Bite

Author Affiliations

Savannah, Ga

JAMA. 1973;225(7):750-751. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220340054032

To the Editor.—  During the first ten months of 1972, fifteen cases of brucellosis were reported in Georgia, matching the number in a preceding two-year period.1 Thirteen of these cases were due to Brucella suis, the remaining two cases from B abortus. Georgia's total of 108 cases in the last decade, ranks sixth in the nation. Most of the human cases have arisen in abattoirs, probably by inhalation of infective aerosols. Others have resulted from direct contact with tissue or excreta of infected animals.We have recently seen a farmer with brucellosis following an accidental dog bite; circumstantial evidence suggests that the dog bite was the means of transmission.

Report of a Case.—  The patient was hospitalized from Aug 22, 1972 through Aug 29 in Savannah, Ga for a febrile illness of several weeks' duration. He had been followed for a number of years because of several problems. These