Clinic Patient Stories – Brucellosis

Clinic Patient Stories – Brucellosis

Guo Esther
Guo Esther

Guo Esther a female patient from Pingo village in Kerwa Subcounty approximately 7 km from the clinic was brought with history of persistent headache and dizziness. She was later on diagnosed with brucellosis. Brucellosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria that people get when they come into contact with infected animals or animal products contaminated with the bacteria. Contributing to the incidence of brucellosis in Uganda is endemic brucellosis in herd animals, with a prevalence as high as 55% in cattle herds and 13%–43% in goat herds. The potential for transmission to humans is compounded by informal milk processing, resulting in 92% of milk products passing to market unpasteurized. As a consequence, Brucella has been identified in 12.6% to 29% of informally marketed milk in Uganda. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5726460/]. So far this year the clinic have treated 251 outpatients for brucellosis.

Guo Esther had this to say on discharge.

Finally, I feel relieved from the persistent headache that has been disturbing me for the past 6 months. I love to thank God for my recovery and the staff in this clinic for the quality services they provide in this community. God bless you all abundantly.