About brucellosis

Brucellosis is a bacterial disease caused by various Brucella species, which mainly infect cattle, pigs, goats, sheep and dogs. Most cases in humans are caused by drinking unpasteurised milk or eating unpasteurised cheese from infected goats or sheep. It causes flu-like symptoms such as fever, weakness and and weight loss.

Disease type: 
Zoonoses
Vaccination available under NIP: 
No
Notifiable disease: 
Yes

Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

For information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see the World Health Organization's brucellosis page.

Surveillance and reporting

Brucellosis is a nationally notifiable disease

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System

For more on brucellosis in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence.  

Last updated: 
14 June 2022