Journal of Regional Section of Serbian Medical Association in Zajecar
Year 2005     Volumen 30     Number 1
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UDK 616.98:579.842 ISSN 0350-2899, 30(2005) 1 p. 29-32

Human Brucellosis: A diagnostic challenge

Henk L. Smits (1), S. Manzoor Kadri (2), Vladica Tasić (3)
(1) KIT Biomedical Research, Royal Tropical Institute / Koninklijk Instituut Voor de Tropen (KIT), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (2) Regional Institute of Health and Family Wefare (R.I.F.W), DHS Sprinagar, Kashmir, India, (3) Health Centre, Laboratory Department, Vladičin Han, Serbia, SCG



  Summary: Brucellosis is a severe zoonotic disease that perpetuates poverty. Brucellosis presents as an acute or persistent febrile illness with a diversity of clinical manifestations. Untreated patients may develop severe complications and suffer from prolonged disability. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment with a full course of the appropriate antibiotics is essential to prevent relapse. For early diagnosis alertness of the physician with awareness of the many non-specific presentations is essential. Brucellosis cannot be diagnosed with certainty without laboratory testing. The Rose Bengal test may be used as a simple and rapid screening test but should be confirmed in the serum agglutination test or ELISA.
Key words: brucellosis, treatment, antibiotics, diagnosis, epidemiology, prevention

Note: summary in Serbian
Napomena: sažetak na srpskom jeziku
  Contact Address:
Dr. H.L. Smits, PhD.
KIT Biomedical Research, Royal Tropical Institute / Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen (KIT)
Meibergdreef 39, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Corresponding Address:
Vladica Tasić
Dom Zdravlja, Laboratorija, Pfah 47
17510 Vladičin Han, Srbija
  Paper received: 06.01.2005.
Paper accepted: 15.03.2005.
Published online: 30.04.2005.
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