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China's quiet brucellosis outbreak sickens thousands in northwest

Leak at vaccine plant leaves some Lanzhou residents facing chronic illness

Zhu Zhi and his wife Zhou Xing hold up their laboratory results. The couple and their daughter all tested positive for brucellosis. (Photo by Caixin)

Editor's note: Pseudonyms are used in this story to protect the privacy of people affected by the disease in Yanchangbao.

Last September, 40-year-old shopkeeper Gao Hong in Northwest China's Lanzhou city was hit with crippling joint pain and persistent fever. It took nearly six months for doctors to diagnose her condition as brucellosis, an animal-borne bacterial disease.

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