Skeletal brucellosis in Iraqi patients.
The clinical features of 21 episodes of skeletal brucellosis in 17 Iraqi patients are reported. Six had monarthritis of a large joint, six had spondylitis, and five had spondarthritis. Brucellosis remains a major health problem in Iraq. The disease is transmitted to man through the ingestion of unpasteurised milk or milk products but can also be acquired through physical contact.