Dept. of Health Tests People for Brucellosis
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Health Department is conducting a survey this week to determine how widespread brucellosis is among humans.
Starting Monday in Afton and Pinedale and Tuesday in Cody and Jackson, the department is asking people in high-risk professions to visit a county health clinic and give blood for the survey.
Brucellosis is best known as a livestock and wildlife disease, causing pregnant elk, bison and cattle to abort their fetuses. In humans, symptoms can include fever, night sweats, joint pain, headache, chills and muscle weakness.
Only four human cases of brucellosis have been reported in Wyoming since 2000, but the state's public health veterinarian, Doctor Jamie Snow, says there's NO way to know for sure how many infections there are without a survey.