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Feral Hog 2007

In early March, Collier County Health Department, Florida, received notification that a 26 year-old male tested "presumptive positive" for Brucellosis. The brucellosis went undiagnosed during the man's initial health care visit, and his symptoms worsened. On March 25, the man visited the emergency room where he was diagnosed with epididymitis; he was sent home with an antibiotic prescription and referred to a urologist. He was diagnosed with orchitis of the right testicle, hospitialized, and treated with more antibiotics. He was discharged on March 30. Blood samples were sent to a laboratory, and Brucella was isolated from the blood. The man had hunted feral hogs on March 1 and had open wounds that resulted from the hunting conditions. These were the likely route for the bacteria into his body. The final laboratory report defined the pathogen as Brucella suis biovar 1 which is extremely prevalent in feral pigs.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 2007
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Other
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Game, Feral hog
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Hunting
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 1
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 1
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 1
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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