ICD-10-CM Code A23

Brucellosis

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

A23 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of brucellosis. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:A23
Short Description:Brucellosis
Long Description:Brucellosis

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • A23.0 - Brucellosis due to Brucella melitensis
  • A23.1 - Brucellosis due to Brucella abortus
  • A23.2 - Brucellosis due to Brucella suis
  • A23.3 - Brucellosis due to Brucella canis
  • A23.8 - Other brucellosis
  • A23.9 - ... unspecified

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code A23:

Includes

Includes
This note appears immediately under a three character code title to further define, or give examples of, the content of the category.
  • Malta fever
  • Mediterranean fever
  • undulant fever

Clinical Information

  • BRUCELLOSIS-. infection caused by bacteria of the genus brucella mainly involving the mononuclear phagocyte system. this condition is characterized by fever weakness malaise and weight loss.
  • BRUCELLOSIS BOVINE-. a disease of cattle caused by bacteria of the genus brucella leading to abortion in late pregnancy. brucella abortus is the primary infective agent.

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Certain zoonotic bacterial diseases (A20-A28)
      • Brucellosis (A23)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Animal Diseases and Your Health

Animal diseases that people can catch are called zoonoses. Many diseases affecting humans can be traced to animals or animal products. You can get a disease directly from an animal, or indirectly, through the environment.

Farm animals can carry diseases. If you touch them or things they have touched, like fencing or buckets, wash your hands thoroughly. Adults should make sure children who visit farms or petting zoos wash up as well.

Though they may be cute and cuddly, wild animals may carry germs, viruses, and parasites. Deer and deer mice carry ticks that cause Lyme disease. Some wild animals may carry rabies. Enjoy wildlife from a distance.

Pets can also make you sick. Reptiles pose a particular risk. Turtles, snakes and iguanas can transmit Salmonella bacteria to their owners. You can get rabies from an infected dog or toxoplasmosis from handling kitty litter of an infected cat. The chance that your dog or cat will make you sick is small. You can reduce the risk by practicing good hygiene, keeping pet areas clean and keeping your pets' shots up-to-date.


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Bacterial Infections

Bacteria are living things that have only one cell. Under a microscope, they look like balls, rods, or spirals. They are so small that a line of 1,000 could fit across a pencil eraser. Most bacteria won't hurt you - less than 1 percent of the different types make people sick. Many are helpful. Some bacteria help to digest food, destroy disease-causing cells, and give the body needed vitamins. Bacteria are also used in making healthy foods like yogurt and cheese.

But infectious bacteria can make you ill. They reproduce quickly in your body. Many give off chemicals called toxins, which can damage tissue and make you sick. Examples of bacteria that cause infections include Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and E. coli.

Antibiotics are the usual treatment. When you take antibiotics, follow the directions carefully. Each time you take antibiotics, you increase the chances that bacteria in your body will learn to resist them causing antibiotic resistance. Later, you could get or spread an infection that those antibiotics cannot cure.


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