Brucellosis, according to the Silesian Hospital in Opava, is a serious human infection transmitted from pets and wild animals. In Czechoslovakia it had long been eradicated. One can become infected by damaged skin, conjunctiva or by eating poorly treated milk and milk products from sick animals.
Barbara, 20, went to the doctors for the first time in September. She felt hip pain, severe fatigue, temperature, headache, cough. Her doctor sent her to the infectious ward of the Silesian hospital in Opava. Lumbar puncture showed non-purulent rhinitis. Bara was in the hospital for three weeks. But the problems returned quickly after their release.
"A week later, after the drug was discontinued, the patient came back to us with the same symptoms: there was evidence of inflammation of the membranes in cerebrospinal fluid, which is very unusual. Negative, including tests for zoonoses, including brucellosis, as her condition improved again, she was released, "said Petr Kümpel, head of the Infection Department.
This time the patient was home for two weeks before returning to the hospital with a rash and a hip repeat. She thought it was a reaction to medication. The lumbar puncture again showed an outburst of the brain. Doctors consulted with colleagues from Prague and Olomouc. The tests did not reveal any brucellosis.
"Our recently attended physician Radana Barčová came up with the theory that it could be a different type of brucella that might not be recorded by generally available tests. Only antibodies to the brucella were found in the patient, and the almost detective search for the perpetrator was finally over, "the chief doctor explained.
Silesian Hospital in Opava
Patient Barbora Mludková and chief physician Petr Kümpel
Finally, the doctors were able to market the right antibiotics to fully heal the girl after a few weeks. But this was not the case for the doctor. The patient told them that her girlfriend, with whom she was in Armenia in July, had been going to doctors for a few weeks who could not diagnose what she was.
"That is why we invited her to us where we were also diagnosed with brucellosis with the help of vets. Before Christmas my father's second patient arrived with us, who also took part in a trip to Armenia and also suffered from this infectious disease. a weak mother and the last of four tourists came to our ward on January 1, and we also showed her a rare disease, "chief physician Petr Kümpel said.
The milk from Opava is probably also contaminated by tourists. They were in Armenia for three weeks and traveled most of the country. They were apparently infected when they walked from the hut to the hut when they crossed the mountains.
"The people there are hospitable, none of us thought that the fantastic cheeses and milk could be infected, of course not all of them had to be infected, but only one." We will never know, "said Barbora Mludkova.
She praises the care in the hospital of Opava and the attitude of the doctors. But her illness destroyed the plans she had the rest of the summer. He certainly is not going to stop traveling. But fresh milk of unknown origin has already been avoided. "One experience was enough for me, I go somewhere somewhere in the summer, but I prefer to drink water," said the traveler.
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