Risk factors for human brucellosis in northern Jordan
AbstractLittle is known about the risk factors of human brucellosis in Jordan. A case-control study was conducted involving 56 Jordanians who had been treated for brucellosis and at least 3 matched controls for each case [n = 247]. Matching was for sex, age, locality [the same village] and socioeconomic standard. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were used. In all, 17 risk factors were examined related to: contact with various livestock/ milk and milk product consumption, drinking-water treatment and disease awareness. Most variables were associated with brucellosis in the univariate analysis but the final logistic model included only 4: milking sheep and goats [OR 3.5], consumption of raw feta cheese made from sheep and goat milk [OR 2.8] and consumption of cows' milk [OR 0.4] and boiled feta cheese [OR 0.4]. Small ruminant farmers need to be trained in safer milking practices and feta cheese making procedures
Abo Shehada, M.N. & Abu Halaweh, M. (2013). Risk factors for human brucellosis in northern Jordan. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118425
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 19 (2), 135-140, 2013
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