After Covid-19, Outbreak of Brucellosis in China – the disease that can leave men infertile
Brucellosis – While the world continues to suffer from a coronavirus pandemic originating in China,
An outbreak of another disease called brucellosis has infect more than 3000 people in northeast China.
Officials say the outbreak of the bacterial disease cause by a leak at a biopharmaceutical company last year.
Know about Brucellosis?
Brucellosis is an infectious disease cause by animal bacteria that can infect humans as well.
People can get the disease when expose to bacteria-infected animals or products of animals.
The animals that are most infect include sheep, cattle, goats, pigs and dogs.
Brucellosis, also known as Malta fever or Mediterranean fever can cause symptoms including headaches, muscle aches, fever & fatigue.
Whereas according to the United States Disease Control & Prevention -CDC, some symptoms may become chronic or may never go away, such as arthritis or swelling of some organs.
Report by the South China Morning Post quote Zhu Guoqiang, a professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Yangzhou University,
To say that in severe cases, brucellosis can cause permanent damage to the reproductive system. If not treated properly, men can become infertile, he said.
According to the CDC, human to human transmission is extremely rare.
Instead, most people are infected by eating contaminated food or breathing bacteria – which is the case in Lanzhou.
Outbreak began with a leak at the Zhongmu Lanzhou biological medicine factory,
Which occurred from late July to late August last year, according to the city’s Health Commission.
Whenever producing Brucella vaccines for animal use, disinfectants & sanitizers are use from time to time in the factory – meaning that not all bacteria wipe out in the waste gas.
Contaminate waste gas form aerosols, which contain bacteria and leak into the air,
Carry by air to Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, where the out-break 1st struck.
In the months following the outbreak, provincial & municipal officials began investigating leaks at the factory, according to the Lanzhou Health Commission.
January, officials had revoke the vaccine production license for the plant & withdrew the product approval numbers for its 2 brucellosis vaccines.
A total of seven veterinary product approval numbers were also canceled at the factory.
At February, the factory issue a public apology, saying it had severely punished eight people who were responsible for the incident.