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POISON NEWS
Raw goat milk sickens boys
Source: The Star, July 23, 2010
   
 

Penang (Malaysia) -  A seven-year-boy here was infected with brucellosis after drinking raw goat milk.  Following the incident, the first in the state, ninety-eight goat were culled after testing positive for carrying the Brucella bacteria.

Brucellosis is caused by the Brucella bacteria and is a disease that affects many cattle, swine, goats and sheep.  Also called Bang’s disease or undulant fever, it is a highly contagious zoonosis caused by the ingestion of unsterlised milk or meat from infected animals, or close contact with their secretion.  It causes flu-like symptoms, muscle pain and swollen glands, and can result in complications like bone and joint lesions, encephalitis, meningitis and chronic fatigue syndrome.


   
     
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