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A zoonotic infection and worldwide public health concern

Lynch, John S., PA-C, MPAS, MSc, DFAAPA

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: April 2014 - Volume 27 - Issue 4 - p 1–5
doi: 10.1097/
Special Topics in Infectious Disease

ABSTRACT Brucellosis is a common zoonotic infection that carries a high economic burden and is a public health concern worldwide. Although the infection is usually mild in humans, it can cause chronic debilitating symptoms or death. Brucellosis frequently presents as a nonspecific illness and may mimic other diseases. Clinicians may encounter brucellosis in occupationally exposed patients, international travelers, or military personnel returning from deployment to the Middle East or Southwest Asia.

John S. Lynch is a physician assistant at the American Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

© 2014 American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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