REPORTING A RARE CASE OF BRUCELLOSIS PRESENTING AS INFECTIVE ENDOCARDITIS
*Dr. Vasumathi M., Dr. M.L. Kavitha Latha, Dr. Jyothilakshmi G. and Dr. Syed Fahada Zia
Brucellosis is a bacterial zoonosis caused by Brucella species. Human Brucellosis is usually associated with occupational or domestic exposure to infected animals or their products. We report a case of 40 year old animal handler presenting with intermittent fever and on evaluation found to have endocarditis with vegetation affecting the aortic valve and diagnosed with Brucellosis based on serological tests ELISA, Rose Bengal Test(RBT) and Standard tube agglutination test (SAT). Brucella endocarditis is one of the rarest and serious complications of this infection. Early diagnosis and treatment helps in reducing the mortality of the disease.
Keywords: Brucellosis, Rose Bengal test, Serological test for Brucellosis.
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