Brucellosis is spread in uterine discharge and signs include abortions and infertility in animals who are infected for life.

This disease is also zoonotic and causes an intermittent febrile response in man. There is a legal obligation to report any abortions and some of these will require further investigation. Vaccination has been used in some countries to assist in eradication programmes.

Britain (UK) is officially free of Brucellosis abortus infection but as animals from areas where the disease may be present are imported into this country there is a requirement to carry out import checks and routine monitoring.