Phoenix, AZ, September 12th, 2011 -- Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about environmental issues that may impact their health. The latest educational video discusses brucellosis and the bacteria known as Brucella.
Brucellosis is an infectious disease caused by a genus of bacteria known as Brucella. These bacteria are primarily passed among animals, and they cause disease in many different vertebrates. Various Brucella species affect sheep, goats, cattle, deer, elk, pigs, dogs and several other animals.
Humans can become infected by coming in contact with animals or animal products that are contaminated with the bacteria. In humans, brucellosis can cause a range of symptoms that are similar to the flu and may include fever, sweats, headaches, back pains, and physical weakness. Severe infections of the central nervous systems or lining of the heart may occur. Brucellosis can also cause long-lasting or chronic symptoms that include recurrent fevers, joint pain and fatigue.
Humans are generally infected in one of three ways:
1. eating or drinking something that is contaminated with Brucella,
2. breathing in the organism (inhalation), or
3. having the bacteria enter the body through skin wounds.
“Fortunately, direct person-to-person spread of brucellosis is rare,” reported Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates, the company behind the IAQ Video Network and the new public outreach video. “Inhalation of Brucella organisms is not a common route of infection, but it can be a significant hazard for people in certain occupations, such as those working in laboratories where the organism is cultured. Inhalation of the bacteria is also often responsible for a significant percentage of cases in slaughterhouse employees. We hope this new online video helps to enlighten people about this dangerous microbial pathogen.”
To view this video please visit http://www.iaqtv.com/ or
About Cochrane & Associates, LLC & the IAQ Video Network
Cochrane & Associates is a business development, public relations and marketing consulting firm that specializes in the environmental, HVAC, mold and indoor air quality industries. The company has worked with many of the industries’ leading institutions and companies and continues to be an innovator in the industry. They are also the innovators behind the IAQ Video Network.