Sexually Transmitted Brucellosis in Humans
Clin Infect Dis. (2010) 51 (2): e12-e15
Eyal Meltzer, Yechezkel Sidi, Gill Smolen, Menachem Banai, Svetlana Bardenstein, and Eli Schwartz
1Center for Geographic Medicine and Department of Medicine C, Tel Hashomer
2Microbiology Laboratory, The Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer
3Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv
4Department of Bacteriology, Kimron Veterinary Institute Bet Dagan, Israel
Sexual transmission of brucellosis has rarely been reported in humans. We describe 2 cases of probable sexual transmission of Brucella from husband to wife. In 1 case, orchidoepididimitis existed, whereas in the other case, the presence of Brucella in the semen in the absence of genital symptoms was demonstrated by polymerase chain reaction.