In a follow-up on the brucellosis outbreak reported in students and teachers from the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the National University of Asunción (UNA), the Institute of Tropical Medicine has confirmed 21 cases to date, according to a Ultima Hora report (computer translated).

Brucella melitensis colonies/CDC
Brucella melitensis colonies/CDC

In addition, 76 suspected cases have recently been reported after clinical consultation with patients presenting with some symptoms.

The outbreak has costed the dean of the institution, Dr. Azucena Cabrera’s job and the academic center its international certification. The National Agency for High Education Assessment and Credits reported in a release that the Mercosur certification, ARCU-Sur, of the Asunción University Veterinary School had been suspended. The sanction stands until the school has implemented the effective and efficient biosecurity mechanisms of the practical components in grass root work, and academic tests.

In addition, Cabrera was also charged for the crime of marketing harmful food, since it is presumed that the institution sold the milk of the infected animals.

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