Brucellosis outbreak after COVID-19

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According to Chinese news, Global Times dated 5th Nov. that eight people have been held accountable for a brucellosis incident in Lanzhou, Northwest China’s Gansu Province, where 6,620 people have been found infected.

There were 126 patients who had been treated in 11 designated hospitals in Lanzhou as of 4th November. The city has opened green channels and special clinics for people who report symptoms and provide free standardized treatment, according to the Lanzhou Health Commission wrote in the Global Times.

It said that the incident happened between July and August 2019, when the Zhongmu Lanzhou biological pharmaceutical factory used expired disinfectant in its Brucella vaccine production, leading to bacteria-containing aerosols leaking in the area.

So far a total of 55,725 people have been tested near the factory, accounting for 97.5 percent of the total residents in Yanchang Road sub-district, the worst impacted area, and 6,620 have been confirmed infected.

Eight people responsible for the incident in the pharmaceutical factory were fired or warned, an official of the Lanzhou Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said at the press conference.

The first compensation fund of 10 million yuan has been allocated on September 24 for monitoring, diagnosis, treatment and compensation for the infected. Zhongmu Lanzhou biological pharmaceutical factory promised to guarantee the subsequent compensation and compensation in full.

What is Brucellosis?

Brucellosis is a zoonotic infectious disease, or a disease in animals that can spread to humans. It is caused by a bacteria that affects sheep, goats, cattle, swine and even dogs and is reported in many countries.

Humans generally get the disease from direct contact with infected animals through the consumption of tainted animal products such as unpasteurised milk or cheese, or through the inhalation of airborne agents.

Human-to-human transmission is extremely rare, according to the World Health Organization.

What are Brucellosis Symptoms in human?

Symptoms in humans include fever and weakness, which emerge over a few weeks. The mortality rate is low, though complications could lead to death. Some symptoms such as joint pain may become chronic and never go away.

Brucellosis in India

Brucellosis in India is yet a very common but often neglected disease in humans and animals. However, scientists are worried that this can be another pandemic and can be much more severe than the novel coronavirus.