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CDC confirms report of rare strain of brucellosis

TAIPEI--The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed yesterday a new case of highly contagious zoonosis brucellosis — only the third since 1978 — and warned the public not to consume raw milk or meat when traveling in high-risk countries.

The infected patient, a 60-year-old woman, who visited Malaysia in April, began complaining only of light muscle pain, an a typical symptom of the disease, said Chuang Jen-hsiang, head of CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Center

The incubation period for the disease can be several months, and anyone returning from brucellosis-prone areas such as the Mediterranean, Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America who experience fatigue, stomach ache and profuse sweating should advise their doctors about their travel history, Chuang noted.

Another two cases were reported earlier this year of a 54-year-old woman and a 72-year-old woman who consumed raw meat and dairy products during trips they made in May to North Africa and Southeast Asia, respectively.

The first reported case of human brucellosis in Taiwan was documented in 1978, in a patient who was infected while engaged in laboratory work.

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