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Greek Border Vets Prepare For Bruscellosis Outbreak

03 October 2007

GREECE — Veterinary officers on Greece's northeastern borders have stepped up health checks after 20 people in southern Bulgaria were found to be infected with brucellosis, officials said Monday.

Thai officials carry diseased goats

Vehicles crossing the Greek frontier are being sprayed with disinfectant to ward off the rare animal disease, and local farmers have been told to keep their flocks indoors for the duration of the alert, the animal health department of the local town of Komotini said.

Twenty people were infected in the southern Bulgarian town of Harmanli from contact with sick goats and sheep, a Bulgarian veterinary officer said Wednesday.

Four other people had already been infected from an outbreak in a flock of sheep and goats in a nearby Bulgarian village earlier in September.

The disease is difficult to diagnose as its initial symptoms resemble flu, including weakness, fever, sweating, headache and pain in the joints.

Humans can contract it from contact with sick sheep and goats or by consuming infected meat, milk or cheese.

The disease can be fatal but it cannot be transmitted by humans.

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