Volume 87, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



We present a 44-year-old man from a rural community in northern Ecuador who worked on a cattle farm where he was involved with primary veterinary care, including assistance during births (or calving) and placenta retention and artificial insemination, with minimal precautions. In September of 2009, quite abruptly, he developed asthenia and hypersomnia without any apparent cause or symptoms like fever, chills, or night sweats. On November 14, 2009, he suffered from pain and edema in the right testicle that coincided with pain in the abdomen. Clinical, serological, and bacteriological investigations confirmed the first case of unilateral orchitis in man in Ecuador caused by biovar 1. Because brucellosis is a neglected disease, special attention should be given to it in the training of medical and veterinary students.


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  • Received : 28 May 2011
  • Accepted : 03 Feb 2012

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