Bushmeat may be source of human brucellosis infections

03/8/2012 | New Scientist

To identify the source of brucellosis infections in people in Botswana, Virginia Tech researchers tested 1,000 large wild animals in the area, including buffalo, and found antibodies in 6% of them. Despite proactive actions to separate domestic cattle and buffalo, people in Botswana likely contract brucellosis when wild buffalo are hunted and sold to families for food. The problem is worrisome for urban Botswanans, 40% of whom are also HIV-positive.

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