Brucellosis is very rare in the United States. Other parts of the world have much higher rates of brucellosis infection, especially:

  • Around the Mediterranean Sea
  • Eastern Europe
  • Latin America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • The Caribbean
  • The Middle East

People who live or travel in these areas are more likely to consume unpasteurized goat cheese, sometimes called village cheese. Unpasteurized goat cheese imported from Mexico has been linked to many cases of brucellosis in the United States.

Occupations at higher risk

People who work with animals or come into contact with infected blood are at higher risk of brucellosis. Examples include:

  • Veterinarians
  • Dairy farmers
  • Ranchers
  • Slaughterhouse workers
  • Hunters
  • Microbiologists
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