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Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that may affect various organs of the body. The bacteria that causes this disease are found in unpasteurized milk from diseased cows and also from discharges from cattle or goats that abort their fetus. It is unlikely that this disease would be spread from person to person.

Disease Reporting

What is required?

Health-care providers and clinical laboratories:
Health-care providers and clinical laboratories are required to report cases and suspect cases of brucellosis to local health departments within one working day of identification.

Disease reporting form (pdf) for health-care practitioners

See our  disease reporting page for information on how to report and for telephone numbers of local health departments.

For local health departments:
Brucellosis: Case report form (pdf)

For reportable diseases lacking Oregon-specific investigative guidelines or case report forms, please contact the epidemiologist on call for assistance.

See Also

More facts and background info on brucellosis and other possible biological agents

CDC fact sheet on brucellosis.