Eden District Municipal Health Services held a successful Health and Hygiene Awareness Workshop

A very enriching Brucellosis Awareness workshop was recently hosted by the Knysna based Eden District Municipal Health Section, in collaboration with various local dairy farms in the Karatara district.

Employees of  dairy farms in Karatara who participated in the Workshop, with Eden District Municipality’s Environmental Health Practitioner, Mr Mthetho Sithonga (far left,) who facilitated the Workshop activities
Employees of dairy farms in Karatara who participated in the Workshop, with Eden District Municipality’s Environmental Health Practitioner, Mr Mthetho Sithonga (far left,) who facilitated the Workshop activities

This workshop was conducted on 26 May 2016 at the local Karatara Service Centre, situated outside Knysna.

Mr Mthetho Sitonga, Eden’s Environmental Health Practitioner for Sedgefield and surrounding areas conducted the session.  The workshop content focused on basic health and hygiene practises in the milking parlour and awareness regarding Brucellosis and the spread of the disease to humans.

A total of ten farm workers from various dairies attended the workshop and expressed their gratitude towards the Eden District Municipal Health Services Section for the insightful information that was conveyed to them.

What is Brucellosis? 

Also known as Contagious Abortion or “Besmetlike misgeboorte”. The disease that infects humans is known as Brucellosis and the disease that infects humans via goats is known as Malta fever.  Brucellosis can even occur in dogs in very rare cases. 

How is Brucellosis transmitted to humans? 

  • Ingestion of raw milk, cheese and butter that is contaminated with the germ.
  • Eating of contaminated raw or undercooked meat.
  • Touching of infected dead or live calf (especially the udder and uterus).
  • Needle pricks with a vaccine.

NOTE:  Contamination can occur through the eyes, mouth, nose and the skin. 

What are the symptoms of Brucellosis? 

  • Muscle pain and/or joint pain.
  • High fever attacks.
  • Sudden and very severe headaches.
  • Chronic tiredness. 

How is Brucellosis in humans treated? 

  • Golden rule – early diagnoses by means of a blood test.
  • A patient is treated with antibiotics and anti–inflammatory medication (to relieve muscular pain).

NOTE: It can take years for a patient to fully recover.

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